A video of Scott Brown staffers, “making “tomahawk chop” motions and yelling “war whoops” at a rally Saturday” surfaced yesterday on the liberal blog, Blue Mass Group. The video showed staff members including Brown’s “deputy chief of staff, Greg Casey; his constituent services counsel, Jack Richard; and GOP operative Brad Garrett.”
Today, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker condemned the actions of Brown’s staffers in a statement:
“The conduct of these individuals goes far beyond what is appropriate and proper in political discourse. The use of stereotypical ‘war whoop chants’ and ‘tomahawk chops’ are offensive and downright racist. It is those types of actions that perpetuate negative stereotypes and continue to minimize and degrade all native peoples.”
Senator Scott Brown said he that he did not “condone his staffers’ actions, but declined to apologize.” In an attempt to cloud the issue of Brown’s staffers actions Brown declared, “The real issue here is, and the real offense is the fact that Professor [Elizabeth] Warren checked the box. She said that she was white, and then she checked the box saying she was Native American.”
Apparently Scott Brown doesn’t understand that most people in America are of mixed heritage and many can trace their family lineage back to Native American Tribes.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker wants Scott Brown to take further responsibility for the actions of his staff members:
“We need individuals in the United States Senate who respect Native Americans and have an understanding of tribal issues,” he said. “For that reason, I call upon Sen. Brown to apologize for the offensive actions of his staff and their uneducated, unenlightened and racist portrayal of native peoples.”
As a Massachusetts voter, I am appalled by the racist actions of Scott Brown’s staff and I join in the calls for Brown to apologize. The actions of Brown’s staff are incredibly racist and intolerant.
With Elizabeth Warren recently gaining a tenuous step ahead in the polls, it seems apparent that Scott Brown and his staff will stop at nothing to try to regain the lead.