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May 15th 2012 print

Michael Connor

Can we check that?

It may be the debate we are not allowed to have, but are they claims we are not allowed to check?


It may be the debate we are not allowed to have, but are they claims we are not allowed to check?


In America, 2012:

The claim that Elizabeth Warren was 1/32 Cherokee has been suspect from the start, yet the media repeats the claim as if it were documented.

Read on at legalinsurrection.com

In Australia, 2012:

Cherokee no more
by Andrew Bolt

It is the kind of debate and investigation too dangerous to hold in race-obsessed Australia, where freedom of speech is so curtailed.

But in the US, Democrat Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s claim to be part Cherokee – a racial identification that gained her preferment at university – has not just been ridiculed but now debunked

I would like to discuss certain Australian analogies, but lawyers advise me the risks are now unacceptably high.

Such are our disgraceful laws against free speech.

Source: Andrew Bolt’s blog

In Australia, 2005:

[Greg] Lehman claims with mathematical precision to be 1/64th Aborigine. Faced with this bizarre formula, author Nicholas Shakespeare wrote: ‘How could someone who was 1/64th Aborigine – like, it appeared, most leaders in the Aboriginal community – choose this fraction of his ancestry over and above the rest?’ Lehman explained to the English author that the remainder of his ancestry was ‘mongrel’.

Source: Michael Connor, The Invention of Terra Nullius (Macleay, 2005), page 20