It looks like the Senate Campaign in Massachusetts has a parallel with one of my favorite computer games is Sid Meier’s Colonization.
In Colonization there is a unit called the “converted native” This unit is generated by putting a Missionary into an Indian village and over time said missionary produces a converted native. (You can also get two converted natives if you get the founding father Juan de Sepulveda). A converted native provides one more resource than a free colonist when producing crops, wood or minerals but one less any product from a building (From a Weaver’s shop to a Church) and both produce less than a specialist.
The converted native can be transformed into a “specialist” either through education (placement in a schoolhouse) or by visiting an Indian village and learning a specific skill that said village specializes from a seasoned scout to an expert fir trapper et/al. As described by a site that I think takes things much too seriously:
Essentially, assimilation occurs through Western education, which removes all visual identifiers that this unit used to be Native
Apparently this process takes still takes place as evidenced by Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren (via Hotair)
as the Herald notes, she was listed as a minority professor in the Association of American Law Schools’ annual directory from 1986 to 1995. She joined Harvard Law as a visiting professor in 1992 and became a full-time prof there in 1995,
And the Volokh Conspiracy notes something even more interesting
But it gets even more interesting: once Warren joined the Harvard faculty, she dropped off the list of minority law faculty. Now that’s passing strange. When the AALS directory form came around before Warren arrived at Harvard, she was proud enough of her Native American ancestry to ask that she be listed among the minority law professors. (Or, in the unlikely even that she just allowed law school administrators to fill out the forms for her without reviewing them, they were aware that she claimed such ancestry, and she didn’t object when she was listed.) Once she arrived at Harvard, however, she no longer chose to be listed as a minority law professor.
So apparently arrival at Harvard has the same effect in real live as education has in Sid Meier’s Colonization
As you might guess the Senator Scott Brown campaign jumped all over this:
“This story raises serious questions about Elizabeth Warren’s credibility. The record now shows Prof. Warren did claim to be a ‘minority,’ and that she attempted to mislead the public about these facts when she was first asked about the issue last week,” said Brown spokesman Jim Barnett. “Prof. Warren needs to come clean about her motivations for making these claims and explain the contradictions between her rhetoric and the record.”
Ever Since this story came out there has been a twitter hashtag #ElizabethWarrenIndianNames (my favorite is Jim Geraghty on twitter’s “Dances with occupiers”) but after seeing the reaction of the Warren Campaign I think a more appropriate name might be “Plays the Victim”.
Once again, the qualifications and ability of a woman are being called into question by Scott Brown who did the same thing with the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan. It’s outrageous.”
So let’s get this straight, Elizabeth Warren claims minority status when it is of use and drops it when it is no longer convenient. Scott Brown’s campaign calls her on it and that makes him a sexist.
I suspect the people of Massachusetts won’t find that very senatorial but if I’m the Warren campaign I’d be more worried about the reaction of the average voter struggling to find work or get their children accepted at prestigious colleges to her affirmative action claim.
Update: For some reason my uploads of images are failing and the images I had in the post have vanished. Working on it.