Some conservatives argue that it's liberals who are the true racists. Sure, the Republican Party intentionally played off white racism to win southern votes after the Civil Rights Act, and some Tea Partiers have racist signs, the argument goes, but it's Democrats who use racism to their benefits these days. When Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment, Fox News bemoaned his "high-tech lynching." When Trayvon Martin was killed, The National Review insisted that white racism was no longer a problem in America, and Pajamas Media argued Democrats talk about it because it's the only thing they have left to stir up their base. With the revelation that Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren once called herself Native American in the American Association of Law Schools directory, her opponent, Sen. Scott Brown, got the opportunity to portray her as an unqualified Affirmative Action hire without saying she got hired for being a woman. But the conservative site Breitbart.com took it a step further, taking up a charge usually left to lefties in academia: That Warren bears some responsibility for the racism of her white ancestors.
Most conservative sites are sticking to ridiculing Warren for claiming to be a minority when she was merely 1/32 Native American. The semi-conservative Boston Herald called her "Fauxcohontas" Tuesday; it was faux-outraged Warren didn't attend a Native American student event despite listing herself as Native American to make friends. Michelle Malkin nicknamed Warren the less-catchy "Pinocchio-hontas," and said her actions demonstrated "an Olympic competition of the haves to show their have-not cred." The National Review's John Fund wrote of the "diversity sham" at elite colleges. For the most part, they didn't take the bait last week when Warren clumsily reminisced about family stories about their heritage.