Liz Warren Sucks On Diversity and Racial Justice

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Y’all, Liz is wack as fuck.

I haven’t wanted to do a piece on how wack Liz is on race, because for one, everybody already hates me enough. For two, I find Liz entirely too boring to think about for too many seconds at a time. The only thing that keeps me up when she speaks is that weird teachery whisper-yell lecturing she does when she thinks she’s smarter than someone. Which is ALWAYS. But today, I have reached my limit of Liz getting free passes on shit that was straight up not cool.

An aside: That said, I won’t be discussing the DNA drama, because it’s not really my place, I’m not educated about it, and identity is something you live that others outside your culture will never fully understand. If you’d like to know more on Native American Identity, take a look at the brilliant Professor Kim Tall Bear or the insightful and passionate Rebecca Nagle, and listen to what they have to say. They are smart! They know wtf they’re talking about, so, pay attention.

And don’t be an asshole, thanks.

I’ll make this pretty quick, or as quick as I can, cause like y’all, I have shit to do.  I realize that Liz Warren is woker than Sistah Soulja sitting next to Rosa Parks at the FRONT of the bus during Jim Crow Pride Week. But I don’t want to hold this inside.

I have shit that bugs the hell out of me, so I’m going to subject you to it.

At the end of last week, all I kept hearing about was the fact that Elizabeth Warren was (wrongfully) endorsed by a “group of influential black women activists.” White folks acted like it was a super big deal. I said, “Ok. That’s nice” the first few times I saw it, and really figured that would be the end of that since it was actually not that big of a deal. Really, it didn’t seem very important at all. Well, it must have been a big fucking deal to some of the Liz folks in the media, because for two days I had white people flagging me down to make me look.”LOOK LOOK LOOK!! 100 BLACKS for WARREN!”

Um? A whole hundred, huh.

Oh my. Well, that’s a horse of a different color. NOT! I didn’t really want to look at it. But I did. It was more ridiculous than Warren herself. Tell me why damn near everyone on that list was ALREADY either supporting Warren or trending Warren already? Also, why did the group form only recently, and barely put up a Twitter page in August?

Did they form this group for the sole purpose of endorsing Warren? OMG. Bwaaahaaahaaahaa! Haa haa haa haa! Hahahahahaha! HAAA! HAAA! Okay, I’m not really laughing at them, and maybe they have some hugely important work to do, I don’t want to be any type of roadblock. I LAUGH WHEN I’M CONFUSED!

I did a quick search to see if the group had done any work since forming, or what the fuck the group even was. nOPE. What I found was confusing. By that I mean, I can’t really find anything, and that’s weird as fuck. I’m a ninja on the Google, okay? Not really. But I actually worked on it this time.

So, first of all, there are only 3 pages I can find, Home, Endorsement, and About Us.

Let’s read some of the about us, k?

Blaxk Womxn For:

Black Womxn For is a new project focused on creating intentional meeting spaces for Black Women and gender-nonconforming community leaders and activist to talk with each other about the democratic primary and our impact on the 2020 elections.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t most “meeting spaces” intentional?

You know that thing where woke outwokes itself? This is that. Basically, I see that they are all about having discussions with each other and also with other super important and influential Black Womxn. Are all of us invited to give feed back or what?

If progressive Black Womxn are organized, resourced, and feel in their power to support the candidate that reflects our values, then we can take action to change the media narrative about black voters in the primary, tip the scales in favor of our candidate, and reinforce our political power.

Progressive. Media Narrative. Tip the scales. Okay okay, I see. This group caters to the smallest group of Black women in the Democratic Party, those furthest to the left. And we are not invited. Cool cool. Didn’t wanna come to your stupid party anyways. I have my own party that day. Whatever day it is. So there!

NY Post:

The most recent Pew survey of Democratic voters shows just that. Black voters characterize their values as more moderate than liberal, with 40 percent of black Democrats calling themselves moderate, 30 percent conservative and only 28 percent liberal.

70% of Black voters identify as either Moderate or Conservative, with what they call Liberal, and I’ll call “Progressive” for our purposes, at only 28%. Let’s assume the numbers are similar for Black men and women. This sure seems less impressive. Their endorsement is quite a gem y’all. So truthy, so weird, so… hollow?

Well, rather than make you read the entire statement, I’ll just give you the most ridiculous portions.  I can save the rest of my fire for dragging Warren’s scrawny ass later.

Ok, don’t laugh.

From Blaxk Womxn For:

And though no one presidential contender can rectify the gross atrocities to which we’ve become accustomed, there is one leader who has shown, through action, deed, and word, that a future of economic prosperity, racial justice, gender justice, and social and political equity is possible. She is a leader with a track record of taking on the predatory policies and practices that harm our communities and implementing structural changes that give power back to working people. She is a partner with a deep understanding of how racism and gender discrimination don’t just compound income inequality but are actually central to maintaining the status quo.  She is a woman who is willing to learn, open to new ideas, and ready to be held accountable by us and our communities.

WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA!!!!!

HOLD THE FUCK UP. What the fuck are you talking about? Can a bitch get an example or two? If you’re using the power of your blackness and whathaveyou, don’t you think you owe the black women you’re trying to convince some actual muthafucking evidence? I see we have some lawyers and writers among the key endorsers. So, why would y’all not hit us with them receipts? Can’t find none?

Cause there AIN’T NONE.

I personally have a problem with several statements written here. Some of us would LOVE to get some evidence that they are at all true. Because, we have been looking extra super hard for Liz Warren’s work on racial justice (not some fucking plan one of her staffers wrote). You know, work that she has done since she’s been on earth? I have found exactly NOTHING that wasn’t half-assed or related to the CFPB, which she never actually ran and wasn’t even about racial justice in particular or even very much at all.

one leader who has shown, through action, deed, and word, that a future of economic prosperity, racial justice, gender justice, and social and political equity is possible.

Where the fuck was I when this shit happened?

Can I get a date? Year? Time? Remember how I said I was going to make this quick because I have shit to do? Okay, well, fuck that. I have this to do.

On actions; what actions has Warren done in the context of racial justice? Gender justice? Social and political equity? For BLACK women?

We can look at Liz’s own history for clues of how she treats racial justice, gender justice, and social and political equity.

From Boston Globe:

A memo with Warren’s file shows the change in her ethnic status was noteworthy enough to merit additional paperwork.

“In compiling the statistics for the annual Affirmative Action report for the University, I spoke with Professor Warren about her ethnic status,” wrote Sue Robinson, who was the assistant dean for academic affairs, in December 1995. “She stated that she self-identifies as a Native American.”

Robinson adds: “Therefore, we have in our current statistics listed her as a Native American.”

WHAT PART OF RACIAL JUSTICE IS THIS?

A white woman changes her race TO PoC on the AFFIRMATIVE ACTION STATISTICAL SURVEY because of Mee-Maw’s stories? HI. This means she counts as a minority for AFFIRMATIVE ACTION purposes. Therefore some poor woman of color would get passed over because Liz “White Woman” Warren has decided to take her place. Mind, this is all based on some strange delusion she seems to have that causes her to believe that having ONE PoC ancestor somehow affected her whiteness. She legit believed their race transferred to her and made her a completely different race. Is this Social or Political Equity, Sis?😒

Harvard Law School also used Warren’s ethnicity internally in December 1995 to bolster the case that they didn’t need to hire more minorities (even though publicly the law school continued to pledge support for diversity)

Y’all don’t find this a BIT problematic??

And, look! I was right. Liz totally blocked some poor MINORITY woman from getting her foot in the door by taking up space as a woman of color. This is where the shit hits the proverbial fan for me. I said I wasn’t going to talk about Native American Identity, and I am not. What I WILL discuss is how her claims affected BLACK women. As you can see, she represented her self as a MINORITY for statistical purposes. Warren was white, had always been white, and will always BE white. Let me remind you that she did this at a time when black people were literally protesting Harvard to make them hire ONE of us women of color. How is this cool? Why are a group of badass Black womxn activists giving her a pass on some seriously harmful shit she has never even admitted was wrong?

Let’s watch what Warren has to say about whatever.

 

No.

I have no idea what the entire fuck this woman believes about race… But a goddamn rumor your Great Paw-Paw heard about your Mee-Maw maybe being an “Octoroon” or whatever? Would NOT BE A PART OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION, you crazy thang!! You are OFFENSIVE as fuck! Holy shit! Honey, what you are describing is some old ass dead and gone fake standards of blood purity.  You are basing identification on the ONE DROP RULE.

Look, y’all. We ain’t NEVER adhered to your stupid ass one drop rule if we could possibly find a way around it. We FOUGHT you every step of the way.  MANY black people who were white enough simply walked off with their knapsacks and waved us a merry goodbye. “I’m gonna try my hand at this being white thing, I’ll be back if I can’t pass!” And we happily waved them a jaunty, “So long!! Be as white as you can, so you don’t get lynched!!!”

They were BORN into oppression and were looking for a way out.

You were born into the racially privileged class. Suddenly identifying yourself as an oppressed person in need of the protections from discrimination you never once faced? Honey. How could you? You know the law, baby. It was your duty to do your due diligence at all times. It’s not just a mistake you can wave off, dismiss, or ignore. The mistakes you made with Tribal Identification are only a small slice of what you did wrong.

Also, please please never say if your ancestor had been black and your Grandpa had put his foot down it would mean black was a part of your identification. No. That is very insulting. Black isn’t some story you hear from your Mama. It’s your life; you live black, no matter how white you look, you KNOW if you’re black.

You’re BORN Black, you live Black, you die Black. You don’t become Black. If you belong to us? WE will claim YOU.

SHE’S Black. She passes for WHITE. But…she’s always BEEN Black. She didn’t suddenly become black when she was nearly 40 because she was feeling some kinda way. Certainly not after having lived her entire life as a white woman. That was your mistake, sis.

You are a GROWN ASS WOMAN, Liz Warren!

Why do you have an understanding of race that seems more in line with a child living at the turn of the 20th century? How can we trust you with the multitude of racial problems that will exist in the wake of Trump? Do you understand that we don’t know how you will navigate the waves of change, and riptides of racial angst when you don’t even understand the fundamentals of American racial identification? How will you know which side of the tsunami you should even be on at any given time if you don’t even know who you are?

The idea of Liz in charge is daunting.

There is a lack of curiosity that I find a bit unsettling.

ALSO, did you happen to notice she was straight up asked about being used as an excuse to keep Black Women OUT of Harvard, and off of the faculty?

She wouldn’t even acknowledge Harvard had been wrong to do so. Her excuse? She has never hidden who she is. Um? Honey, you are and have ALWAYS been a white woman, a white person, and you’ve always had the privileges that go along with that designation. As you can see, Liz believed she was entitled to take up space as a woman of color, even if that meant no ACTUAL woman of color would be able to grace those vaunted halls. Liz WAS their Woman of Color, and she didn’t even have the decency to feel one bit bad about representing us, or kicking the ladder over, once she had climbed to the top.

That was a few years back, granted.

In the meantime, perhaps Warren has done some deep soul searching?

A White Woman with black children confronted her about her little games and subterfuge.

 

Strangely enough, I got that from YouTube. It’s not hard to find videos of Liz saying STRANGE stuff. Notice what she didn’t say? She didn’t SAY SHIT about how she had made amends concerning Black Women. Or about how she once stood in our way. On the contrary, she got busy defending her academic career.  Where the hell was the, “partner with a deep understanding of how racism and gender discrimination don’t just compound income inequality but are actually central to maintaining the status quo.” in this video? I didn’t see her.

“It didn’t help my career, and I apologized, so…” Um? When the fuck is she going to acknowledge the Black Women who were protesting for diversity? This was THIS YEAR. She’s SEVENTY. How much longer do we have to wait? Is she simply BLIND to any harm SHE inflicted upon Black people?

More from Boston Globe:

“The utilization for minority senior faculty is 9.94 percent, and the availability is 5.63 percent,” reads the dry language in Harvard’s 1996 Affirmative Action Plan in a section about tenured professors at the law school. “Minorities are not underrepresented in this job group.

Look! They didn’t NEED any MORE women of color, they already had Elizabeth Warren. Therefore, no need to give in to the demands of the protesters.

Awesome job, Liz.

Is this how she showed her “deep understanding of how racism and gender discrimination don’t just compound income inequality but are actually central to maintaining the status quo,” or what? I have never heard Warren come correct on this issue. Lord knows she had to have seen the diversity protests going on. Did she just fucking ignore them? Is she “ready to be held accountable by us and our communities,”?

Because this is a big fucking problem.

As a lawyer, she KNEW BETTER. She taught LAW and EMPIRICAL research, so, I don’t wanna hear, “she didn’t know any better” or “family stories” because, any lawyer worth her salt knows fucking better than to claim minority status when they are WHITE and not entitled to it. It’s kinda fraudulent and is certainly harmful to people of color who depend on affirmative action to demand access to spaces that white people already have access to.

This is a microcosm of what black women say they’ve experienced in their professional lives across the nation. We’ve all heard tales about the proverbial white woman who claims minority status in order to keep black women out of spaces where they’d be competition. Many will say, she didn’t purposely claim minority status in order to hold black women back, or any woman of color back, but the reality is, it doesn’t matter much what her intentions were. What matters more is what the effect was.

So, this quote:

and ready to be held accountable by us and our communities.

Is kinda bullshit, in my opinion, I haven’t seen any accountability at all. When she saw the protests on campus for lack of racial diversity at Harvard, she didn’t go down to HR and ensure that her claims of minority status weren’t holding the next woman back. She should have. She knew which box she checked.

And this part too:

She is a partner with a deep understanding of how racism and gender discrimination don’t just compound income inequality but are actually central to maintaining the status quo.

Where and when did she obtain this deep understanding and why haven’t we been allowed to see it? Some people have pointed out that this is “old News” and Liz has changed, she’s 2 Legit 2 Quit now. She’s woker than Prince in Malcolm X’s Zoot Suit. So, this must mean she has answers for why she did something that was harmful to the progress of other women, of women of color.

More:

Warren doesn’t have a direct answer for whether her claims — even though they do not appear to have benefited her during her professional rise — might have harmed the efforts of others to press for more diversity at the overwhelmingly white institution.

Is this the part where she shows her deep understanding on how “racism and gender discrimination don’t just compound income inequality but are actually central to maintaining the status quo” or are we getting to that part soon? I’m running low on patience. That was in 2012, so, surely she has answers on questions of diversity by now?

Oh, sorry, wrong video!

 

Look at her, ugh. First she tries to dismiss the question. Indeed, you can see from the shitty expression on her face she doesn’t think the question is even worthy of an answer. She’s so Miss Milly I could scream.

 

“Diversity? Poo! Fiddle-dee!” She even laughed at the idea of the order of the primary changing, like it was a ridiculous idea. “Look, I’m just a player in the game on this one…” Um? What happened to “Big Structural Change?”

So, Miss “I will FIGHT for you!” has no fight left when it comes to diversity?

You can’t even admit it’s kinda unfair for the whitest states to go first? Damn. Above all, they take up ALL the attention, while also knocking some candidates out of the race. Also?  I thought you were a “partner with a deep understanding of how racism and gender discrimination don’t just compound income inequality but are actually central to maintaining the status quo,” Senator? What happened to that? This was like literally a couple of days after the endorsement of those hundred Black Womxn?

Let’s take a look at what she said in 2012 about fighting for equality when she was a Professor at Harvard and other institutions of higher learning.

Warren argued that she wanted to devote her energy to bankruptcy research and avoided campus crusades over minorities and women.

Well, look at that there.

Warren was no fucking help at the fuck all. Why did they say you had a history of being a partner with Black Women on racial and gender justice? On the contrary, I’m starting to think the wonderful qualities they attributed to you were aspirational, and also, not true at the fuck all.

It bothers me in  real way when people try to sell me on some bullshit instead of keeping it real. I don’t give a fuck what race you are. Above all, I don’t appreciate it when ANY people try to fool MY people. Just admit, like you did back in the day, that you never actually worked on any of your intersections.  Then let people decide whether to take that chance on you. Nevertheless, cut out the bullshit, quit the fakery, no more lies. If you want us to show up if you are the nominee, knock off the “Damsel in Distress” drag. Ironically, for a fighter, you play victim whenever you get called out.

Time to woman up; you better get to owning your shit, Lady.

It’s all out there anyway.

You left all your receipts on Front Street.

 

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I love this article. I’d like to point out the obvious that is so obvious that it’s easy to overlook: people who try to misrepresent Liz’s past know her past is shameful, otherwise they’d proudly talk up her actual track record. So they’re actively endorsing someone they know they shouldn’t. Fine fine people.