Opinion: The 'one-drop rule' and an American Indian identity

"So what if Elizabeth Warren claims to be part American Indian? She's entitled, according to historical documents. Besides, Americans never have been all that clear or consistent about what distinguishes one race from another.

Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is calling on his Democratic challenger Warren to clear the air over questions raised by the Boston Herald as to whether she has used her apparently ancient and diluted Indian heritage to give herself an unfair employment advantage.

At least she's not lying about her background. Historical records seem to confirm that she has Cherokee ancestors. But is her background Indian enough?"

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