Letter to the Editor

“Scott Brown’s recent focus on the question of Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage is race-baiting and deplorable. He has taken a serious issue for indigenous people and turned it into a trivial political attack. Many within the Native American community have already critiqued Warren on her claims. I personally find it likely that she has some Native American ancestry given her background. Nevertheless, the difference between indigenous critiques on her claims and Brown’s is that Brown embeds his understanding of Native American identity in an ignorant, racialized, and mocking characterization of indigenous culture and identity. You only have to listen to the whoops and chants of his supporters to know where he is going with this line of attack—this should be deeply troubling for Massachusetts voters. ”

 

Andrew Curley

Suffolk University ‘07

Navajo Nation tribal member

Currently living in Flagstaff, Arizona

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