How charming! Senator Scott Brown’s staffers were caught on tape chanting Indian War whoops with some tomahawk chops for good measure. The racist chant is apparently intended to mock Elizabeth Warren for her Native American roots. WCVB news in Boston confirmed that Deputy Chief of Staff Greg Casey and Constituent Service Counsel Jack Richard, State Director Jerry McDermott, special assistant Jennifer Franks and GOP operative Brad Garrett are pictured in the video.
The controversy over Warren’s Native American roots has always been silly. Warren is originally from the state of Oklahoma where either you have verifiable Native American roots or you grow up hearing about how you have Native American roots. The truth is that it’s hard to prove either way that Warren is part Cherokee, but knowing a bit about the history of the state of Oklahoma, I’m willing to bet money that she is right about her heritage.
Republicans mock her claims because they believe that she used this minority status in order to benefit from affirmative action throughout her career, even though that isn’t the truth. Either way, Warren’s heritage reflects the complicated story of American migration that too few citizens are aware of.
FYI: For the transcript lovers out there the video is a combination sounds and chants of “Yankees suck.”