It looks like U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will be fielding many more questions about her use of a questionable link to Native American ancestry to boost her teaching career into the Ivy League.
As mentioned earlier, Warren came under fire recently for listing herself as a Native American in a law school directory for over a decade. She later removed her name. Her last employer, Harvard Law School, once considered her Native American. Warren says she doesn’t know where HLS got that crazy idea.
The Daily Caller suggests an answer:
In 1994, one year before she joined the faculty at Harvard, Warren won the prestigious Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was teaching at the time. Eleven years later, the Minority Equity Committee of the University of Pennsylvania published a report that listed every winner of the award since 1991 and highlighted the names of minority recipients — including Elizabeth Warren’s.
There is growing speculation that Warren leveraged her claimed Native American status to land plum teaching jobs she might not have otherwise received, and then quietly distanced herself from the designation once she reached the pinnacle of her profession.
Now incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown is calling for her to release law school records and job applications that might show Warren’s systematic use of an unsubstantiated claim to minority status. (To date, Warren attributes her alleged lineage to family lore and at most a potential 1/32 linkage to Cherokee ancestors.)
The more Warren gets a pass from liberal elites for abusing higher ed’s racial preference subculture to advance her career, the more contemptible the entire artifice of race-based policies becomes.