Elizabeth Warren, the low bar for truth, and diversity fraud
I haven’t paid much attention to Elizabeth Warren or knew much about her biography. I did know she made some claims to Native American ancestry, and that Donald Trump didn’t believe it and has made fun of her for it. I assumed that Warren had a parent or perhaps a grandparent who was at least half-Native American and that Native American culture was a heavy influence on her growing up.
Turns out I was wrong.
I started paying attention today as Warren revealed DNA tests that more or less proved she has some Native American ancestry. But the same evidence also persuades me that she’s a liar.
Here’s what we know: Warren had no evidence of Native American ancestry when she claimed Native American as her ethnicity during her tenures as a professor at Penn and Harvard. And today, her Native American blood is miniscule and probably around average for the normal white American.
She lied when she claimed Native American ethnicity, but she claims the DNA results prove she didn’t lie.
This is where we’re at. Warren lied, has convinced herself the DNA test proved she didn’t lie, and isn’t embarrassed about any of it. These days, that’s Presidential material.
Presidential candidates tend to have red flags, and this is definitely one. Not a serious red flag, but if this is her bar for telling the truth, and if she ever becomes President, she’ll be telling a lot of “truth” that the public will perceive as lies. Not unlike the current President.
If this episode is the only red flag in Warren’s professional or public life, then she looks pretty good compared to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or Joe Biden. But it’s still a red flag.
I wonder, why did she lie?
Warren says claiming Native American ethnicity didn’t help her get hired. Perhaps so, but maybe it helped her employers on the diversity stat sheet; “Ivy League universities, like the ones where Warren taught, were under great pressure to show they had diverse staffs.”
If that’s true, I suspect that Warren isn’t the only Ivy League professor who was willing to fudge her family history for the benefit of the university.
What’s scary for elite universities is that if Warren’s fame increases with a Presidential campaign, there will be reporters poring through university employee records to find other incidents of diversity fraud.
It’s fortunate for Ivy League universities that they’re private. They might not have to comply with federal and state Freedom of Information Act requests.