When I was growing up I fully understood that my family ethnicity was Italian. Our family was and remains proud of its Italian heritage. But I also fully understood that my parents were most proud of the fact that they were Americans. They encouraged… no… they insisted that I embrace being an American over being an “Italian.” This was the concept of the “melting pot,” and “e pluribus unum.”
Melting pot: a place where a variety of races, cultures, or individuals assimilate into a cohesive whole.
E pluribus unum: out of many, one. It is, in fact, the motto of the United States of America.
Identity politics: Political concepts that focus upon the interest and perspectives of groups with which people identify. These include ways in which people’s politics are shaped through loosely correlated social organizations.
Sadly, the progressive/statist/altruists have been playing identity politics for so long, that the concepts of e pluribus unum and the melting pot are all but lost. The latest tragedy is being played out as you read this discourse.
In their infinite wisdom the progressive/statist/altruists passed the Indian Child Welfare Act. The law, passed in the 1970s, requires Native American children up for adoption to be placed with Native American parents. Why do we need such a law, ask you? Because the “altruists” believed that it somehow made up for the ways in which Native Americans were mistreated by people who have been dead for more than a century, answer I. It was one of myriad “feel-good-moments” for which progressive/statist/altruists strive – consequences be damned!
If you wish to have any concept of how far the left will go to achieve this end with Native Americans, please read my post entitled, Please stop trying to help us. The list of Federal programs designed to “help” Native Americans is so long it is nothing less than astonishing! And to what avail? The living conditions, educational system, and governance of these nations is pathetic.
If you want to know why Americans are at each others throats today in a way I have never seen in my seventy one years, DO NOT LOOK TO DONALD TRUMP. It is the years (no, decades) of the left playing identity politics and class warfare.
So what manifestation of “feel-good-politics” concocted by progressive/statist/altruists confronts us today? It is the plight of a six-year-old girl named Lexi.
[Source: The Latest Victim Of Progressives’ Identity Politics, by Derek Hunter]
Who is Lexi, ask you? She is a young girl from California who has lived the vast majority of her short life in foster care, answer I. The Page family has provided her care for the last 4 ½ years and seeks to adopt her. It is the only family she has ever known.
And what of her parents, ask you? Her parents are not dead, answer I. Essentially they’re dissolute addicts who have been imprisoned for their profligate actions in the past. They do not have custody of Lexi, nor do they seek it.
I don’t get it, say you. What is the problem if the Pages want to adopt her and her parents could care less? Ah yes, there is the rub, as they say. It turns out that Lexi is 1½ percent Native American; Choctaw, to be precise. That is correct, ONE-AND-ONE-HALF-PERCENT. As such, the Choctaw tribe can, for all intents and purposes claim ownership of this little girl. Oh, Dr. Filly, that is a bit dramatic is it not – that they claim ownership! I wish it were so, but alas, no.
[From the Hunter article] When I say “ownership” I don’t mean to imply something akin to slavery, I mean to flat-out say they are treating this child like she is an old car or pair of pants over which they can assert their will. That concept would turn the stomach of normal human beings, but thanks to government and the perverse progressive art of identity politics, it’s all perfectly legal.
Lexi has been… placed with step-second cousins… (See footnote.)
Of course, even a child could recognize the fact that step-second cousins are not parents, nor are they blood relatives. Furthermore, they aren’t even Native Americans. They’re just people whose names you struggle to remember at family reunions and funerals.
But what they are in the case of Lexi is the Choctaw-chosen guardians for a child who is barely, if at all, related. Lexi is no more a Choctaw than Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts who lied about her ethnicity to get a high-paying job. But because of the law, the Choctaw can do with her as they please.
Liberal politicians love minority racial identity. These are their VOTING BLOCKS. And six-year-old Lexi Page is simply the latest victim!
Footnote: The definition of “second cousin” needs a bit more information to know the “distance” of the relationship. These terms are “one removed” or “twice removed” and on down the line. Let us assume that “second cousin” is the precisely accurate appellation. Then the family with whom Lexi was placed were the grandson or granddaughter of her Great Aunt or Great Uncle. If there is a further refinement, such as “once” or “twice” removed, one needs to be a genealogist to sort it out.