And then there were none. Or one! The comic fallout from Fauxcohantas Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's affirmative action status continues:
Harvard won’t say if Liz Warren listed as minority
By Hillary Chabot
Harvard Law School lists one lone Native American faculty member on its latest diversity census report — but school officials and campaign aides for Elizabeth Warren refused to say yesterday whether it refers to the Democratic Senate candidate.
Warren — who has been dogged by questions about whether she used her claims of Cherokee lineage to further her career — has insisted she never authorized Harvard Law to count her as a Native American in the mid-1990s, when the school was under fire for not having enough minority professors.
Harvard Law’s 2011 diversity report does not indicate who the Native American professor is. And the school refused to say whether it’s Warren.
They are proud of their diversity, they are committed to increasing and improving their diversity, but they aren't quite proud enough to tip us off as to who it is that is delivering that diversity and the uniquely informed perspectives it provides.
And there is another diversity candidate!
The 2011 report indicates that “Race/Ethnicity designations are from self-report data,” meaning whoever is listed as a Native American told the school of their tribal lineage.
Robert C. Clark, a professor and former Harvard Law School dean, is listed as part Choctaw in a 1999 Harvard Magazine article. Clark has worked for the law school since 1989 but wasn’t named in a 1996 Harvard Crimson article when law school officials sought to defend their minority hires. Clark did not return requests for comment.
Former law school spokesman Mike Chmura said in the 1996 article that out of 71 professors, only one was Native American and that was Warren.
Look, this is the law school and not the mathematics department, but there are alternative explanations. Maybe Harvard Law School has 32 professors each of whom is, like Ms. Warren, 1/32 Native American. Or maybe they have a professor who is 1/4 native, four who are 1/8 and one who is 3/16 and they decided to round up.
DOES THIS SOUND LIKE A PASSENGER ON THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION TRAIN? Here is Robert Clark's brief bio in one of the many articles that neglect to mention his Choctaw heritage:
Born in New Orleans in 1944, Clark originally studied for the priesthood, intending to be a foreign missionary. He graduated from Maryknoll College in 1966. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University in 1971, and the J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1972.
After two years at the Boston firm of Ropes & Gray, he served on the Yale law faculty, rising to become a tenured professor. In 1979, he returned to Harvard Law School as a professor of law, and he was named Royall Professor of Law upon his appointment as dean in 1989.
It is certainly possible that someone hoovered him up to check an AA box, but he has a graduate resume (Columbia, Harvard, Yale) that is a bit different from Ms. Warren's (Rutgers, Texas, Michigan, Penn, Harvard). The Captain has more on the oddity of her resume.
This NY Times article on racial scuffling at Harvard in 1990, when Clark was dean, also overlooks his own contribution to diversity:
Of the law school's 60 tenured professors, five are women and three are black. Harvard has never had a tenured black woman law professor.
But Dean Clark insisted that the school is moving to recruit more women and minority professors as quickly as it can find them. He said that, of 12 visiting professors coming to the school next year, seven are women, and one of those is black; one professor is an Hispanic male, and two are from Japan. Visiting professors form a major pool from which Harvard recruits new faculty.
Blacks, Hispanics, Asians... no Native Americans?