Conservatives have asked it plenty of times already, and we’ll ask it again: when are the same people calling “Pocahontas” a racial slur when applied to Elizabeth Warren ever going to address the process by which the senator got that nickname (or better yet, Fauxcahontas) in the first place?
Actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani weighed in on President Trump’s jab Monday:
Calling a member of any race/ethnicity by the name of another famous member of that race/ethnicity is racist.
The More You Know.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 27, 2017
That's just so…contrived. https://t.co/kSB5usLkcj
— Eli Sowry (@UnrealElijah) November 28, 2017
Hang on, though … so is Nanjiani confirming that Elizabeth Warren is actually part Cherokee? Because to a lot of people, it looked like Trump was calling a white woman by the name of a famous Native American woman.
What if the person in question isn't the race they said they were? This whole thing is getting really confusing :/ https://t.co/BiJ1NW45Qu
— JiltedLeft (@JiltedLeft) November 28, 2017
I really don't think that's the problem with what happened. https://t.co/2hCeNGgBgx
— Rationally Pastiming (@RationalPastime) November 28, 2017
Warren isn’t a member of that race… so… https://t.co/4kxZL5V6DG
— Dale Jackson (@TheDaleJackson) November 28, 2017
She is not of that "race/ethnicity", or just about 3 percent, according to some sources.
She just pretends to be.
That's the whole point of the joke.
And this is not "racism".?https://t.co/i5ObITQNgT
— WoodenWarrior? (@ent_man_) November 28, 2017
What if you call a white person the name of a famous Indian? https://t.co/YHzkwODtzO
— Bybon, son of Phola (@DC_in_Towson) November 28, 2017
Totally disagree with Trump using “Pocahontas” phrase at ceremony today; however, he did not call a Native American Pocahontas. He called out a White, entitled woman who LIED about her ethnicity for personal gains. Both are wrong and disgraceful, but needed clarification. https://t.co/jmYffig7KL
— peyton pipher (@_pipher_) November 28, 2017
While true, it's not quite as racist as lying about your ethnicity for a job. https://t.co/z1Xlkw2beY
— Squeezy Jon (@Coutsey) November 28, 2017
What do you call pretending to be a member of a minority group just get preferential treatment and further one's career? https://t.co/PSnb2mGnYk
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) November 28, 2017
What's the word for appropriating a culture to receive preferential treatment and thus denying members of that group their entitled benefits?
– Asking for a squaw.@_wintergirl93 https://t.co/MXRJ0ZbzwN
— Brad Slager ???? (@MartiniShark) November 28, 2017
Claiming to be a particular race in order to obtain privileges meant for that particular race is also racist. Just so you know… and demonstration of really low character as well. The More You Know. https://t.co/LBZUYqgajX
— Mr. Love4Allhumans (@love4allhumans) November 28, 2017
It’s not racist as long as you lie about it to reap the benefits of affirmative action ?? https://t.co/WrKObSiGt9
— jacob (@jacobyb36) November 28, 2017
It’s a racial slur for her to call herself a Native American. https://t.co/zIH640jSbh
— Tom Cooper (@TECooper51) November 28, 2017
Devils advocate: white lady ain't native tho….. https://t.co/3YSh77XUoQ
— Myesha Markel (@problemwthat) November 28, 2017
Props to Kumail, sticking up for Trump as an actor on an HBO series is a brave thing to do.
…Oh wait, he doesn't realize that Elizabeth Warren isn't Native American, does he? Oopsie daisies. https://t.co/iBMskkZfBS
— Matt (@CalmCacophony) November 28, 2017
Kumail jumps another shark https://t.co/09VRDTomcX
— Dan Roy (@danwroy) November 27, 2017
"racist" truly does not mean anything anymore https://t.co/sOfGmpl2NK
— shelby✵ (@NebulaeObscura) November 28, 2017
So it’s racist to call any white person “Hitler,” right?
So calling a white dude Hitler is… what? https://t.co/xcXBdS21rd
— Douglas (@DouglasShrugged) November 28, 2017
So….calling white people "Adolf Hitler" is racist. Alright, glad we got that settled.
The More You Know. https://t.co/UOhOXm5zPW
— Angel Of Revelation (@revealingangel) November 28, 2017
So calling Trump 'Hitler' is racist https://t.co/8VqtF5ApU4
— Mujahed Kobbe (@Moj_kobe) November 28, 2017
So calling Trump "Hitler" is actually racist?I KNEW IT! https://t.co/63JGYOvXVP
— Please Rewind (@Vameon) November 27, 2017
I'm assuming this doesn't apply to pale people. https://t.co/61bGo3hGTb
— Christopher Kelly Charles Hearn (@an_feilding) November 28, 2017
I'll still call every White guy I see Martin Mull idgaf https://t.co/j6trr0eQyl
— Josh Johnson (@JoshtheSandwich) November 28, 2017
*Scrawny white guy flexes on the beach*
Me: "Look at Arnold Schwarzenegger over here"
Thought Police: "You're under arrest for racism." https://t.co/ngTITVD7vj
— Conscious Caracal (@ConCaracal) November 28, 2017
Is there a rulebook I can purchase? https://t.co/9KWnk9wapj
— lydia (@lydiamalone00) November 28, 2017
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