Wednesday, November 29, 2017

on Trump and his "Pocahontas" gibe

Donald Trump has been going after Democrat senator Elizabeth Warren, who famously or infamously claimed Cherokee heritage some years back. Warren refuses to take a DNA test to confirm her heritage, and doubts have sprung up—proliferated, really—that her claims are untrue, thus earning her the mocking monikers of "Pocahontas" and "Fauxcahontas." While speaking at a ceremony honoring Navajo "wind talkers"—who used their native language as code for transmitting messages during World War II—Trump once again uttered the "Pocahontas" gibe in relation to Warren. The left-leaning media immediately went into a tizzy about this perceived faux pas, but perception is the operative concept here. At least two people of American Indian extraction have come out to say they found the president's remarks not the least bit offensive: WW2 veteran (and wind talker) Thomas Begay reportedly said, "The Marines made us yell 'Geronimo' when we jumped out of planes, and that didn't offend me, either." Then there's Debbie "White Dove" Porreco:

It turns out that an actual descendant of Pocahontas does not take any offense to President Donald Trump jokingly referring to Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas."

In a September interview with Sky News, Debbie "White Dove" Porreco said that Trump once asked her if it offended her that he used the name "Pocahontas" to refer to the Democratic senator.

"I know that he uses 'Pocahontas' sometimes with Elizabeth Warren," Porreco explained. "He said, 'Well, does that offend you when I use that?' And I told him no, it doesn't offend me."

And now, Elizabeth Warren could be in trouble for more alleged fakery: a family cookbook she claims as part of her heritage may actually have been cribbed from a Frenchman's cookbook. Read the sordid story here, keeping in mind that the Daily Mail is a notorious tabloid, so the story may need confirmation.


King Baeksu said...

Is calling a white lady pretending to be Native American "Pocahontas" a racial slur? Isn't Trump actually defending authentic Native American identity by mocking those who inauthentically appropriate it?

This is well worth a read:

Jonathan Crawford, O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford’s husband and apparently Ms. Warren’s great-great-great grandfather, served in the East Tennessee Mounted Infantry Volunteer Militia commanded by Brigadier General R. G. Dunlap from late 1835 to late 1836. While under Dunlap’s command he was a member of Major William Lauderdale’s Battalion, and Captain Richard E. Waterhouse’s Company.

These were the troops responsible for removing Cherokee families from homes they had lived in for generations in the three states that the Cherokee Nations had considered their homelands for centuries: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

John Mac said...

Warren cynically used affirmative action to her advantage by claiming to be a minority. Talk about white privilege!

King Baeksu said...

Warren is also a plagiarist and an academic fraud. Let's hope that progressive hubris decides she'd actually make a good presidential candidate in 2020, as the comedy would be endless: