photo: Mexican Mitt
During the final day of the RNC Convention, a video was shown touting Mitt Romney’s “Mexican Roots.” Wow, what a surprise! Mitt is Mexican? Well, no.
Mitt Romney’s white, American great-grandparents fled to Mexico in 1885 to escape anti-polygamy laws because his great-grandfather was married to four women. At the time, polygamy was legal in Mexico, and lots of Mormons moved there together.
According to ABC news, “It was there in Mexico that Mitt Romney’s grandfather, Gaskell Romney, grew up and where his father, George Romney, was born. Gaskell and George Romney moved back to America before Mitt Romney was born to avoid the violence of the Mexican Revolution.”
Mitt admitted, way before the RNC Convention, that his family never assimilated enough during a couple generations of living in Mexico to even pick up the language.
He has as much Mexican in him as Elizabeth Warren, another white person who claims some exotic ethnicity to gain a few points/votes – in her case in academia, where this blond, blue-eyed lady had the balls to call herself a “minority woman of color.”
Why do they do it? It’s just so bizarre.
In her case, her Native-American roots might be real, and a DNA test might even prove it. Warren says she never used it to get a job; however, Harvard and Penn used the information to make their faculty look more diverse. She listed herself as Native-American in staff directories, although she never said it during her campaign to gain points. A reporter found the information in her employment history.
I don’t want to deride oral history, but if all you have are some family stories, why make the claim? Family lore is unprovable. 1/32 Cherokee? 1/64th? C’mon. If my great-great-grandfather was a red-headed Albanian—which he was—it might be true, but I’m not going to put it on official employment documents. That’s just weird.
In Mitt’s case, he’s not one drop Mexican. Till now, he has never said he was Mexican. But he’s letting his campaign say it; he’s letting his Spanish-speaking son imply it, anything, anything to get elected.
The contradictory element of this story is the guy doesn’t even want to talk about his Mormonism. But his Mormonism is why his ancestors fled to Mexico. His great-grandfather had four wives and 30 children. He was breaking the law. Does Mitt really want to say he’s proud of it?