Elizabeth Warren plays Colonization

by Datechguy | May 1st, 2012

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Elizabeth Warren plays Colonization

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
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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.

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

Left Prof Warren 1986-1995 Right Warren at Harvard post 1995

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.

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