Seems to be a lot of this nonsense going on in academia. It’s almost as if there are lax standards and no background checks on these frauds.
A professor has been slammed for claiming she has a Native American heritage, with no proof to back it up.
Andrea Smith, a noted scholar in Native American studies at the University of California, Riverside, has been criticized because she has allegedly produced phony links to her ethnic background to enhance her academic pedigree.
Her critics have said she has ‘fallen off the truth wagon’ while one columnist said she was ‘more insidious’ than the disgraced former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal – who quit after her parents said she was a white woman pretending to be black.
But Smith has insisted that she has ‘always been, and will always be Cherokee’, because she bases her identity on ‘what I knew to be true.’
What is truth other than what you believe to be true, or something?
In a statement on her blog, she added: My enrollment status does not impact my Cherokee identity or my continued commitment to organizing for justice for Native communities.’
David Cornsilk, a Cherokee genealogist who researched Smith’s lineage, found no evidence of Cherokee bloodlines.
Cornsik, 56, wrote in Indian Country that Cherokees are well-documented and fakers can be easily debunked.
He wrote: ‘Wannabes like Andrea use the myths of Cherokees hiding in the hills, passing for white or being saved by righteous whites, to perpetuate their lies.
We just hope the GOP doesn’t overreach here lest they face a backlash.
The University of California has defended Smith, telling the Daily Caller her ethnic background would not impact her position in the faculty, because of a ban on race as a factor in hiring decisions.
She is the latest academic to be questioned about her bloodline.
Harvard Law professor Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat for Massachusetts, has been heavily criticized for identifying as a minority – despite little evidence that proves she is indeed Native American – to further her law career.
Warren has claimed to have Native American ancestry, but there has not been any documentation on it.
Not that her being a total fraud has impeded her career. When you’re a liberal it’s OK to lie and misrepresent yourself so long as you vote the right way.