A Cherokee woman criticized Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren for delving into “racist stereotypes” to defend her claims that she has Native American heritage.
Rebecca Nagle, a mixed woman of Cherokee heritage, slammed Warren for doubling down on her alleged Cherokee background after President Donald Trump referred to her as “Pocahontas” at a ceremony earlier this week in a Wednesday op-ed for Think Progress.
“In defending her supposed Native identity, Warren has drawn from both racist stereotypes and easily refutable stories about her family. At a 2012 press conference Warren stated that her family knew her grandfather was ‘part’ Cherokee because ‘he had high cheekbones like all of the Indians’,” Nagle wrote.
Warren, who claims her grandfather was part Cherokee, expressed shock and outrage over Trump calling her Pocahontas during a ceremony to commeroate Navajo veterans, calling it a “racial slur.” Nagle agreed that Trump’s language carried racial overtones, but pointed out that Warren was not a hero for fighting for Native Americans.
“She was not a hero to me when she failed to foster a haven of support for Native students within Harvard University’s alienating Ivy League culture. She is not a hero for spending years awkwardly avoiding Native leaders. She is not a hero because, despite claiming to be the only Native woman in the U.S. Senate, she has done nothing to advance our rights,” Nagle said. “She is not from us. She does not represent us. She is not Cherokee.”
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