“Professor Warren claimed she was a Native American, a person of color — and as you can see, she is not.” – Sen. Scott Brown
DID YOU get to see the debate? If not, you can watch the full debate below. Thanks to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, that is. Reid closed down the Senate so Scott Brown wouldn’t have an excuse to skip facing Elizabeth Warren in a debate.
One thing that stood out to me is that Scott Brown didn’t come off as the nice guy he’s always portrayed as being in the media. A Washington Post piece on this subject mentioned this aspect.
Brown’s aggressiveness: Whether it was his opening on Warren’s heritage, or his blunt line that Warren “should stop scaring women,” Brown did not adopt a passive posture, and he was even visibly irked at points. It wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but Brown needs to be careful not to come across as too angry, something that could take the sheen off the nice-guy image he has been cultivating.
That “nice-guy image” has sailed for me.
The other thing that was a jolt is the quote at the top. Brown’s language about “as you can see, she is not” a Native American, besides being creepy, came off as a verbal insult. It’s tantamount to saying the only thing that makes a “person of color” what he or she is would be their skin color.
As Elizabeth Warren responded, paraphrasing, she believed the stories her mom and dad told her, the stories of her family. Why shouldn’t she? More importantly, those stories Warren’s parents told her weren’t about her skin color, something Scott Brown missed entirely, sounding deeply ignorant, but also disrespected.
Brown sent a message to all people of color, whose heritage growing up in America has an added element, that they’re all about skin color and that’s all there is to see.
Scott Brown’s use of “professor” was obvious and condescending.
Elizabeth Warren more than held her own and maybe next time she’ll clock him when he insults her.
If you watched all or part of it, what did you think?
Video via CBS Boston