A few years ago, during the Rachel “Aspiring Soul Sista” Dolezwal dust up, I happened to coincidentally receive my DNA/ethnicity results back from a popular ancestry site. Contrasting my typically diverse-as-shit Mexican results against Dolezwal’s rantings, I called her behavior “convenient racialism.”
I thought of the phrase again when this morning I learned that Elizabeth Warren, of Pocahontas fame, released her DNA results in order to boast that she is, at best, of 1/32 Native American background. Sorry, but color me assuredly unimpressed by her Indian cred. That pales (face) in comparison to my tee-pee-toutin’ 46%, baby. I’m the Indian, bitch!
Responding to years of derision by President Donald Trump and other critics, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday released a report on a DNA analysis that provides strong evidence she does, in fact, have Native American heritage.
The analysis on the Massachusetts Democrat was done by Stanford University professor Carlos D. Bustamante. He concluded Warren’s ancestry is mostly European but says “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.”
Bustamante, a prominent expert in the field of DNA analysis, determined Warren’s pure Native American ancestor appears “in the range of six to 10 generations ago.”
That meshes with Warren’s narrative that her great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, was at least partially Native American. That would make Warren 1/32nd Native American.
But if her ancestor is 10 generations back, that could mean she’s just 1/512th Native American, according to the report . That could further excite her critics instead of placating them.
Those critics have charged that Warren advanced her career with a narrative she is a descendant of Cherokee and Delaware tribes. Trump has repeatedly mocked his potential 2020 presidential election challenger as “Pocahontas,” going so far as to offer $1 million to a charity of her choice if she took a DNA test that proved her claims.
I don’t believe that level of genetic Indian immersion proves much and least of all, justifies a relentless narrative “boasting” of Native American roots.
If I were to use Elizabeth Warren’s logic, I should begin boasting of my Irish background. It would explain my love of the booze and potatoes.
And green is my favorite color. It all makes sense.
March 17, here I come!