U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans a sixth campaign stop in Colorado. She's trying to save her floundering campaign before Super Tuesday on March 3.
As she loses momentum, media allies try to make her a victim. Don't believe it. Warren did this to herself.
Here are samples of the Warren-as-victim claim.
"Warren seems to have unfairly inherited some of the hallmarks of Hillary Clinton's reputation. Clinton's devastating 2016 upset sparked practical questions as to whether a woman could win the presidency at all," explains a Feb. 12 article in The Week titled "The sidelining of Elizabeth Warren."
Washington Monthly published a Feb. 15 article titled "Warren Is Paying the Price for her Honesty. And Her Gender."
"Warren's basic decency and honesty have cost her" the article claims. "And the sexism undergirding much of the conversation around electability hasn't helped."
Her "honesty"? Oh, yes, like the time she falsely claimed her father was a janitor. Or the conflicting stories about getting fired for getting pregnant. Or, that thing about "I'm a Native American."
The latter brings us to the dress.
In the spring of 2018, Keziah Daum wore a Chinese-style dress to her prom in Suburban Salt Lake City. The teenager snapped a few selfies and posted them on social media. All hell broke loose.
"Teenager's Prom Dress Stirs Furor in U.S. — but Not in China," said a New York Times headline over a story about insensitive cultural appropriation by white people.
" 'It's just a dress': Teen's Chinese prom attire stirs cultural appropriation debate," said a Washington Post headline.
Insider magazine published an article titled "This is why a white woman wearing a traditional Chinese dress is cultural appropriation"
The teenager "was able to wear the dress she did without mockery — because of the power and privilege that her whiteness affords her. And in a country where Asian people are marginalized, the decision for a white woman to wear a dress would be considered cultural appropriation — not cultural appreciation."
The U.K's Independent covered the dress with a headline that said: "There is no such thing as 'harmless' cultural appropriation..."
Pundits and news media obsessed over the dress for days, generating attention from nearly all major newspapers, TV networks, and radio talk shows. Somehow it was a big deal for a teenager to wear a dress with Chinese patterns.
When the Kansas City Chiefs made it to this year's Super Bowl, media quickly launched a grievance narrative about the team's mascot inappropriately exploiting Native American culture.
The left's enforcers of identity politics — people Warren needs to win the Democratic primary — have made "cultural appropriation" a veritable felony offense of the unwritten sensitivity code.
Warren did not wear the wrong dress to a dance one night in high school. Magnitudes worse, she spent much of her adult life checking boxes that said she was a Native American. She checked the boxes despite leading a lifestyle the identity politics movement would view as "white privilege."
Warren's declared identity was important to Harvard Law School, whose overlords wanted to believe it. The school was under scrutiny for lacking minority hires. Upon hiring Warren, the school went public to boast of hiring a "woman of color." Problem solved.
Warren went with the "woman of color" narrative for years, never having endured the challenges inherent to minority life. Warren took a job that might otherwise have gone to someone who grew up with all the challenges of dark skin or life on a reservation. Her misappropriation of identity may have taken from someone else an affirmative-action benefit.
The Democratic base cannot nominate Warren. Doing so would mock the cause of cultural and ethnic sensitivity — a loud-and-clear element of the party's values. That conundrum, not gender, likely explains Warren's third-place ranking heading into Nevada.
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