The logic behind Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claim to be a Native American is “fatal” to the policy of affirmative action, contends Powerline blogger John Hinderaker.
“If Warren is an Indian, then so are most of the rest of us,” he writes. “And most of us are also African-American or Hispanic. If everyone is an Indian, then no one is an Indian.”
Warren revived the controversy over her claim to have Native American blood with her announcement Monday of “proof” through an analysis of DNA. The conclusion by a Stanford professor, however, found she may be as little as 1/1024th Native American.
Then again, Hinderaker pointed out, she might not be at all, because there is so little Native American DNA in the database that several Latin American countries, including Mexico, are used as proxies.
Ultimately, it turns out that Warren likely has less Native American blood than the average white American.
Nevertheless, Hinderaker noted Harvard Law School back in the 1990s billed Warren as the first “woman of color” on its faculty, according to a 1995 Fordham Law Review article. While at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she put herself on the “Minority Law Teacher” list as a Native American in the directory of the Association of American Law Schools.
“On the contrary, if Warren’s 1/1,000 Native American ancestry counts, the law school has probably had any number of ‘women of color,’ both before and after her,” he wrote. “Most of us qualify.”
Others noted that Warren’s argument that her positions at the prestigious law schools were obtained by merit, not by ethnicity, is another strike against affirmative action.
Hinderaker sees affirmative action “teetering on the brink,” with the trial of an Asian racial discrimination lawsuit commencing this week along with the Warren fiasco.
“Harvard’s denial that it discriminates against Asian applicants is transparently false, yet the academic world has rallied around the university in what likely will prove to be a vain effort to uphold the discriminatory regime in which nearly all are complicit,” he writes.
Hinderaker says “the edifice of racial categorization and discrimination persist in spite of its obvious irrationality and unfairness,” because “many billions of dollars turn on it.”
“And, perhaps equally important, it provides endless opportunities for virtue signaling,” he said, referring to the act of trying to enhance one’s standing as a person of moral character by declaring support for particular causes or policies.
“It is long past time that we stopped classifying each other by race and bestowing benefits on that basis,” Hinderaker says.
“Warren’s message is liberating: we are pretty much all Indians, or Hispanics, or African-Americans now. So let’s move on.”