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YOUR TURN: Brown Staffers and Native American War Chants

Did you find it offensive or fair game?

Sen. Scott Brown's campaign was caught up in controversy this week when campaign staffers showed up at a rally for Brown's opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, and interrupted it with Native American war chants and "tomahawk chops."

Brown, who has stepped up attacks on Warren for having claimed to have Native American ancestry even though she has not proven it, distanced himself from the rally incident.

"It is certainly something that I don't condone," Brown told the Boston Globe, then focusing his comment on his attacks against Warren. "The real offense is that (Warren) said she was white and then checked the box saying she is Native American, and then she changed her profile in the law directory once she made her tenure."

Bill John Baker, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, called on Brown's campaign to apologize for the incident and issued the following statement:

"The Cherokee Nation is disappointed in and denounces the disrespectful actions of staffers and supporters of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. The conduct of these individuals goes far beyond what is appropriate and proper in political discourse. The use of stereotypical “war whoop chants” and “tomahawk chops” are offensive and downright racist. It is those types of actions that perpetuate negative stereotypes and continue to minimize and degrade all native peoples."

"The individuals involved in this unfortunate incident are high ranking staffers in both the senate office and the Brown campaign. A campaign that would allow and condone such offensive and racist behavior must be called to task for their actions."

"The Cherokee Nation is a modern, productive society, and I am blessed to be their chief. I will not be silent when individuals mock and insult our people and our great nation."

"We need individuals in the United States Senate who respect Native Americans and have an understanding of tribal issues. For that reason, I call upon Sen. Brown to apologize for the offensive actions of his staff and their uneducated, unenlightened and racist portrayal of native peoples."

What do think? Were the chants appropriate given the issue of Warren's heritage? Or were they racist and offensive? Discuss in the comments below.

Susan October 02, 2012 at 03:57 PM
besides... i genuinely do not CARE about this issue. if you want to get into it... the man posed practically NUDE to earn money... he tried to paint the picture of himself as soldier serving overseas- when he is a JAG... talk about a misleading picture. not to mention his votes against the middle class- he votes Republicans a VAST majority of the time... when it MATTERS. Look at the actual votes. He votes against his party only when the measure either doesn't have a CHANCE or is ABSOLUTELY going to pass. This is all posturing... he voted WITH his Republicans buddies 30 of the 32 times prior to Warren entering the race. IF he is successful in this senate campaign...he will return to the Republican blocking game as soon as the election is over. Again, Michael Q... you NEED to open your eyes. Unless you are of the upper echelon that Scott Brown is truly protecting with his votes... if you are... well, maybe he is your guy.
Susan October 02, 2012 at 04:17 PM
yes. you are correct. hate-speech is protected, indeed. i does not, however, make it ok.
Michael Quinlan October 02, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I like the capital letters. They display your sincerity. The issue of lying to obtain a affirmative action career benefit resonates will all Americans who feel the 'system' is manipulated to benefit groups favored by leftists. No one cares if Warren's great-great-great grandmother was partial to Native-Americans; it's a free country. Lying is the issue. Watching Warren swirm and issue another mealy-mouthed non-denial of 'checking the box' gives direct evidence that Warren will not hestitate to lie to the face of the voters. Who needs more of that; we already have Tierney.
Michael Quinlan October 02, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Lost the capitals I see. e.e. cummings would be proud. Your approbation as to whether it is 'OK' is risible.
melinda tillie October 02, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Warren won hands down.

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