Not Only Is Democrat Elizabeth Warren Not A Cherokee, Her Ancestor Rounded Up Indians For The Trail Of Tears
It was bad enough when it came out that Democrat Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren had been claiming a fractional Native American heritage to help lubricate her academic career. After all, affirmative action and equal hiring policies are intended to help people who are actually the victims of racial discrimination (setting aside for a moment whether or not those policies actually work), not for ambitious scholars who want to land cushy jobs at high-profile universities.
But it gets worse. Not only is there no evidence that Elizabeth Warren has any Native American ancestry, it turns out her actual ancestors had a hand in the infamous “trail of tears” relocation of Native Americans out of Tennessee.
As I pointed out in my article here on Sunday, no evidence supports this claim [that her great-great-great grandmother was Cherokee]. O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford had no Cherokee heritage, was listed as “white” in the Census of 1860, and was most likely half Swedish and half English, Scottish, or German, or some combination thereof. (Note, the actual 1894 marriage license makes no claim of Cherokee ancestry.)
But the most stunning discovery about the life of O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford is that her husband, Ms. Warren’s great-great-great grandfather, was apparently a member of the Tennessee Militia who rounded up Cherokees from their family homes in the Southeastern United States and herded them into government-built stockades in what was then called Ross’s Landing (now Chattanooga), Tennessee—the point of origin for the horrific Trail of Tears, which began in January, 1837.
This new information about Ms. Warren’s true heritage came as a direct result of a lead provided to me by William Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection, who in turn had received the information from one of his readers. Jacobson, who has questioned Warren’s explanation for her law faculty listing, calls this discovery “the ultimate and cruelest irony” of the Warren Cherokee saga.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Meanwhile, Senator Scott Brown (who Warren is challenging) is calling on her to release her personnel and academic records to prove she didn’t try to benefit from claiming fraudulent Native American heritage.Tags: Asshats, elizabeth warren