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Gazette staff October 3rd, 2012

Author and Muskogee native Sarah Vowell once commented that being part Cherokee in Oklahoma “is about as rare and remarkable as being a Michael Jordan fan in Chicago. I mean, who isn’t?” But don’t tell that to Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who can’t seem to get past the remarkableness of Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren’s Cherokee heritage.

Credit: Brad Gregg

He remarks on it so much, in fact, you might assume he lacks substantive policy positions to discuss.

Brown’s fans, including some of his own staffers, have latched on to the “controversy,” chanting “Indian war whoops” and making “tomahawk chop gestures” at more than one campaign rally. Even after Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Bill John Baker issued a statement calling such behavior “offensive and downright racist,” the incumbent senator refused to apologize.

Instead, Brown turned his attention to “the real offense,” which has something to do with Warren, an Oklahoma City native, checking both the “white” and “Native American” boxes on demographic surveys issued by the Harvard law directory.

Oklahoma to Scott Brown: There is such a thing as “mixed ancestry.” A family tree can be peopled by all sorts of cultures and ethnicities. You could even ask the president about that, but you guys might not chat too often.

Brown is not interested in learning the basics of geneaology, however. He can tell who’s Native American. In his first debate with Warren on Sept. 20, he noted that she “claimed she was a Native American, a person of color — and as you can see, she’s not.”

Now that Brown has appointed himself White Guy in Charge of Determining Who’s Really American Indian, we’re waiting for him to weigh in on Oklahomans Carrie Underwood and Kristin Chenoweth. No way they’re legit! Just look at them!

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10.03.2012 at 07:22 Reply

You gotta love Conservatives.  They'll swear up and down that you can't judge a book by the cover, all while judging books by their covers.