Friday, September 28, 2012

True Colors: Scott Brown Needs to Own Up To His Black Ancestry

In the debate between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown, Mr Brown skirts the issues such as education, social security and health insurance to zone in on what really matters, questions about Elizabeth Warren's ethnicity and claims to native ancestry. To me, and many other native people, Scott Brown demonstrated his stupidity with the comment, regarding Warren's claims of native ancestry, "...you can look at her and see that she's not..." Aside from it being a remarkably ignorant thing to say in this day and age, In American where many, ethnicities have mixed and mingled and few people look like their legally assigned racial group (btw, USA is one of three nations that have legal definitions of what race a person can claim to be); let's look at the pragmatic fact that Scott Brown is running for re-election in a region that has two federally recognized tribe of the Wampanoag nation where many of the members DO NOT "look" like the stereotype of Indians.

To add more insult to injury, you have members of Brown's staff doing war yells and tomahawk chops who try to explain that this is not meant to insult all native people, just Elizabeth Warren. Great, Brown and his staff use racism to make fun of Warren. It's a good thing that Warren never claimed to have a Black great- grandmother or an Asian great- grandmother. They probably would have blackened their faces and performed excerpts from a minstrel show, or slanted their eyes and spoken in pigeon English, respectively; telling Black and Asian voters that this was not to insult them. If she had said her great- grandmother was Jewish, they would be running around dressed like Orthodox Jews.

I understand that Brown has been calling the leadership of the local native communities to make sure that his campaigns racist attacks on Warren are not meant to insult them. I understand Brown called Cedric Cromwell, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (who hung up the first time because he thought it was a prank call) to issue a weak apology/ explanation and was apparently fishing for an endorsement. WHAT??? Proof positive that this man is an idiot!!!

Curiously, dogs, horses and Indians are required to have pedigree papers in order to prove that they are really what they claim to be, and like many native people or descendants of Native people and Dr Warren lacks hers. Dr Warren should have claimed that her great grandmother was a Freeman Cherokee, then her ethnic background would never have come up for question.

For that matter, if we are going to go by looks, When is Scott Brown and his octoroon ass going to own up to his Black great- grandmother. Look at the man: he obviously has one. Look at that nose, and those eyes. I bet if you look behind his ears, you'd see that brownish mark that most mixed kids like him have. Not only does he share a last name with the Godfather of soul, but let's face it: The Brown clan in New England has family lines in both the African American and Native American communities of New England. I mean, we are going by what people look like, right Scott? You think your high- yellow ass fooled anybody? Many Black people have a relative or two who took advantage of their white looks and passed for white, taking full advantage of white privilege, just like Scott Brown and his family have. But you can't fool us all, can you Scott? Why are you going to call out Elizabeth Warren for reaping some remarkably minor benefits for claiming her ancestry (from oral tradition) when you've been fooling people (including your in-laws) for years to get ahead; with your Black ass... I say a genealogist needs to dig into his background and find all of those Black folks in the wood-pile of his family tree.

A photo of Elizabeth Warren's relatives, the smiths. Notice How "Indian" they look.

Marriage certificate for Warren's grandparents, illustrating that her grandmother was from "Indian Territory"



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