Math is Hard


For the past couple of days, the Interwebz have been echoing with pointage, laughery, and mockification of how Elizabeth Warren’s DNA testing undermined her claim of American Indian ancestry. When the math was done correctly, it turns out that she’s “whiter than Ivory Soap” as one meme put it.

All that laughter aside, John Hinderacker has pointed out how Warren’s continued claim of Indian ancestry in the face of contradictory evidence can benefit society. He writes at PowerLine

Here’s the point: Warren’s defense of her claim to being Native American is good for America. Because if Warren is an Indian, then so are most of the rest of us. And most of us are also African-American or Hispanic. If everyone is an Indian, then no one is an Indian. This logic is fatal to the whole corrupt affirmative action enterprise.

Why does the edifice of racial categorization and discrimination persist in spite of its obvious irrationality and unfairness? Because many billions of dollars turn on it. And, perhaps equally important, it provides endless opportunities for virtue signaling. After all, if the Democrats didn’t have race, what would they have? That question is, no doubt, frightening to them.

So let’s all appreciate Elizabeth Warren’s contribution to the demolition of America’s corrupt affirmative action regime. It is long past time that we stopped classifying each other by race and bestowing benefits on that basis. Warren’s message is liberating: we are pretty much all Indians, or Hispanics, or African-Americans now. So let’s move on.

It’s interesting how facts keep tripping up the claims made by the alleged “Party of Science.”

2 thoughts on “Math is Hard

  1. I’m considering checking all the boxes i can in order to make my university more diverse. “Family lore” has it that my great-great grandmother was a manumitted slave. That appears to be true. But on the census of 1840 she is listed as white. Probably she was “passing”. But even if she was, say, a quadroon, under the Warren Rule of Tribal Membership I’d be able to claim to be black.

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