The American Presidential Primary Season is in full swing. One of the candidates is Elizabeth Warren, termed Pocahontas by President Trump. For those who do not know the back story, She claimed to be an American Indian throughout her academic career. She also rose to what is considered to be the pinnacle of Law Schools, Harvard. It has since been shown that she is not of any appreciable American Indian descent,; throwing her rise through academia in question.
Everybody here knows that being a woman is useful when applying for desirable white collar positions. It turns out that fits percent of the population are women, so for an ambitious lady, more of an advantage would be needed. Membership in a minority group could turn the trick.
Elizabeth Warren and the people who chose/hired her throughout her career swear up and down that her status as a twofer had nothing to do with her rise. Often they have made a big fuss about their denials. In short, large swaths of people don’t believe them (white men in particular). The way that it works is that people on selection committees don’t need to be told what is desired. Why you might ask? Probably there have been meetings along the way where minority hiring events have been praised, or lamentations made about how few minority staff members there were. None of this was mentioned at meeting were new staff hiring was discussed, giving plausible deniability. Everybody there knows the game. And if they are slow on the update, others will whisper in their ear.
Probably there is no documented evidence in existence that Liz Warren was given preferential treatment. Probably no administrator got up and said to the selection committed what criteria was really important. So, it didn’t really happen.
Exit question: If Hillary had American Indian blood, would she be President now?