Elizabeth Warren Ancestor Rounded Up Cherokees For Trail of Tears
I’ve ignored the mini controversy over whether Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren was entitled to claim minority status on the basis of being one-thirty-second Cherokee, for the very good reason that I don’t give a damn. Now, though, some on the right have dug into her ancestry and discovered that the great-great-great grandmother who may or may not have been a Cherokee was married to a man who was ”apparently a member of the Tennessee Militia who rounded up Cherokees from their family homes in the Southeastern United States and herded them into government-built stockades in what was then called Ross’s Landing (now Chattanooga), Tennessee—the point of origin for the horrific Trail of Tears, which began in January, 1837.”
Considering how little I care about people’s ancestry and how even less I ascribe good or evil deeds of people’s ancestors to them, this has zero bearing on my view of Warren as a candidate. Given the provenance of the research, I’m not even 100 percent sure it’s true. But I hope it is, just because it’s so damn funny.