Senator Elizabeth Warren’s strange insistence that trace amounts of American Indian DNA confirm her past claims to minority status has drawn snorts from her fellow liberals, as well as from conservatives. Even the Cherokee Nation piled on, saying she is “undermining tribal interests.”
Americans from all sides who disdain identity politics should recognize, however, the yeoman’s work the senior senator from Massachusetts is doing to expose the empty core of our new national pastime, the victimhood Olympics.
From protected statuses to grievance-mongering, set asides, racial preferences, bias training, political correctness and hegemonic narratives, the whole edifice of identity politics rests on the foundational notion that we are all members of monolithic groups. Each is imbued with group-think and scrambles for pole position on the national stage through power relations — or some such.
Warren is making it plainly obvious that we’re all a mix, a bit of this and a dash of that. If there is a power struggle taking place, it is internal — your French genes fighting your English ones in some intestinal Waterloo.
In other words, in a day and age when we can all spit into a vial, mail it to a genomics company, and in a few days find out we are 10 percent Slavic, 5 percent Irish, 2 percent Bantu and 0.5 percent Polynesian, claims that a Mexican great-grandfather should give us a leg up in admission to Harvard ring increasingly hollow.
Neither should the U.S. Census ignore 21st century science and continue to shoehorn us into absurd categories — such as Hispanics, Asians, Middle East and so forth — that are then used to grant some…