Today Warren announced she had taken a DNA test that failed to prove she had any Native American DNA but did “strongly” suggest she had somewhere between 1/64 and 1/1204 Latino DNA (which is now used in DNA samples seeking Native American bloodlines because North American tribes, for any number of good reasons, provide few samples of the genuine article).
Naturally her side proclaimed triumph and the other side mocked her.
I’ll never understand why these people don’t consult with me first. They won’t even have to pay me. I’m like Dustin Hoffman in Wag the Dog. I’d just do it for the fun of it. For a story to tell.
If wannabe President Warren had put herself in my hands, I would have dressed her in the costume Cher is wearing here, rolled out the smoke machines and had her lip-synch the hell out of it.
Crazy you say?
Front runner by Friday I say.
Laugh all you want. Family lore has it I’m either 1/32 or 1/64 Cherokee myself. Never considered myself anything but an American…and I know my people. They’re the ones providing the thunderous applause at the end…
[UPDATE: Some folks are confused by my first sentence. My apologies, as I some times forget I have WAY too much time to follow this stuff. Hence, I make assumptions about what everybody knows that I shouldn’t.
Here’s the nutshell: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has been dogged for years by her insistence that she had Native American heritage (and the idea that she used this claim to further her career by registering as a “minority” when, and only when, it would give her a leg up in applying for various positions). In what is probably preparation for a presidential run in 2020, she commissioned a DNA test which ended up in the hands of a famous expert at Stanford University. He assured her she has a Native American ancestor somewhere between six (1/64) and ten (1/1024) generations back (Initial media reports had it between 1/32 and 1/512). If true, this means she has less Native American heritage than the average European American. However, headlines from many Warren-friendly media outlets insisted she had proven her claim. Even most of the stories under those headlines, including this one, acknowledged testing for Native American heritage that far back does NOT produce definitive results. The key graph is here (buried deep here, and in most other, stories):
To make up for the dearth of Native American DNA, Bustamante used samples from Mexico, Peru, and Colombia to stand in for Native American. That’s because scientists believe that the groups Americans refer to as Native American came to this land via the Bering Strait about 12,000 years ago and settled in what’s now America but also migrated further south. His report explained that the use of reference populations whose genetic material has been fully sequenced was designed “for maximal accuracy.”
In other words the “Native American” ancestry Warren claims is just as–if not more–likely to have been Latin American. Had she known, maybe she could have checked Hispanic on all those application forms. Perhaps not surprisingly, the leadership of the Cherokee Nation has rejected Warren’s kinship claims in the strongest possible terms (as they have for decades, this is just the first time most people are hearing about it).
For the record I do not care about Warren’s politics one way or the other. I seek the comedy. Always the comedy!
Cher for President!