As most of you know, the purpose of an op-ed like this one is for the person penning it to pick a subject — any subject — and then offer some sort of lucid yet definite judgement on it one way or the other.
And, at the conclusion, if he/she has done their job, to successfully have summoned from the one reading it at least some serious consideration, emotion ... something bordering on substantial, even meaningful worth.
If after reading it the reader has been cajoled into agreeing with the writer, all the better I suppose. If not, well that’s okay too. You see, agreeing or disagreeing is not really the most important aspect, at least it’s not for me.
What’s important is that something inside you, something that perhaps has been latent deep within the recesses of your inner self, was stirred a little by the topic and that at least a tiny portion of it churned and bubbled enough to make it to your consciousness.
This is why sometimes, on rare occasions, the writer just sort of lays it out there for the reader to do with whatever he or she chooses.
In fact, this is one of those rare occasions. I’m sure if I had tried really hard enough I personally could have constructed the following subject matter in such a way that it would require some kind of response — either pro or con — from you, the reader.
But as I pointed out, there are those times, exceptional as they may be, that there’s really nothing to be gained by attempting to get either a for or against reaction.
Take, for example, this Breitbart op-ed I recently found online.
To set it up a bit, according to the op-ed, there was a story written in the Harvard Crimson in 1993 saying the prestigious school had offered now-Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren a tenured position as a Visiting Professor of Law.
The Harvard newspaper article went on to point out that Warren’s hiring “marks an advance in the student and faculty effort to improve faculty diversity.” In 1995, the Crimson referred to Warren as “Native American” and a later article in the Fordham Law Review celebrated her as Harvard Law School’s “first woman of color.”
Other publications touted her as Native American as well, according to the Breitbart op-ed.
So why is this notable? Since Harvard is considered a federal contractor and the manner in which the school hires and staffs employees is subject to a federal regulation known as the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, there are definite quotas the school has to meet.
The skinny of it is this: The federal compliance program requires a contractor, in this case Harvard, to “engage in self-analysis for the purpose of discovering any barriers to equal employment opportunity,” which is just a convoluted way of saying their hiring practices have to adhere to the regulations of “affirmative action.”
So, in other words, Warren claimed to be Native American and Harvard went along with it, because otherwise the school instead would have had to hire another “diverse” professor it apparently didn’t want.
Here is the remainder of the Breitbart article which further explains the senator’s, “I am a Native American” ruse:
The Boston Globe, a left-wing news outlet that basically works as a campaign surrogate for Warren, reported Monday that during “her academic career as a law professor, she had her ethnicity changed from white to Native American at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.”
On top of all that, back in 1984, Warren not only appeared to plagiarize a recipe for a cookbook titled Pow Wow Chow, she signed her name, “Elizabeth Warren — Cherokee.”
So here is Warren, between 1984 and 1995, parading around as a Native American, as a Cherokee, and doing so in the most public ways possible — in books and in school directories. But in 2012, she says she has no idea how her employers discovered she identified as American Indian or that she was even being celebrated by Harvard as an all-important first in the Diversity Olympics.
And now we know, thanks to numerous documents discovered over the years and a DNA test ... that it was all a lie.
Warren’s DNA test proves she is no more Native than the average white American. In fact, there is a good chance she is even less so. While the average American has .18 percent Native ancestry, Warren could be as low as .1 percent or only as high as a pathetic 1.6 percent.
Moreover, Warren’s DNA was not even compared to Native samples. DNA from Mexico, Peru, and Colombia were used instead. What this means is that Warren might be 1/64 to 1/1024 Mesoamerican, not Indian.
Warren claims family lore convinced her she is Cherokee, but even those claims have proven to be lies ... some members of her family vehemently deny any talk of Indian ancestry in the family.
... finally, Warren points to her great-great-great grandmother as Cherokee, but contemporaneous documents prove this ancestor identified as “white.”
As I said, sometimes the best thing to do is to simply put bits of information like this out there and allow the reader to form his or her opinion in order to arrive at a personal conclusion.
I’ve determined this is definitely one of those times.