|Posted: 19 June 2020 at 2:04am | IP Logged | 11
| Andy Mokler wrote:
|In 2016, 9 out of 10 Native Americans polled said they were not offended by the Redskins name.
In 2020, 50% found it offensive.
It's hard not to think that our easily offended society isn't playing a part in these changing numbers.
Or, you could actually look at the methodology of the study and see how that 9 out of 10 poll was bullshit?
"As a Native American, do you find that name offensive, or doesn't it bother you?"
They asked an either-or question between two extremes for something that isn't binary. Can I acknowledge that something is racist, but I just shrug it off because I'm used to that kind of casual racism? Sure. How should I answer? If I think it's racist, but have no visceral reaction to it, am I offended? How should I answer?
Also, it was a phone poll. You might get a different response if someone calls you and asks, "Does this offend you?" from if you ask the same question online or a paper survey.
Also, the respondents were self-identified Native Americans, with 56% having no tribal affiliation. That's problematic. I mean how many of those respondents are white people with the "my parents told me that my great-great grandmother on my mother's side was Cherokee or something"?
A 2014 poll that asked "Is the Redskins name racist?" and "Is the Redskins name disrespectful to Native Americans?" yielded different results.
67% of Native Americans thought Redskins was racist. And the researcher surveyed people who could verify their race or ethnic group.
Here's discussion of the 2019 study you refer by one of the researchers explaining their methodology:
Randomized questions, getting responses on a 1-7 scale, twice the sample size, taking quantitative measures of Native identity. This was an actual scientific study, not a phone poll.
Also, whether or not Native Americans attitudes have shifted in the last 3 years (not), trying to blame white liberals for those shifting attitudes is so ridiculously problematic.
Edit ~ I only did so to clarify who made the initial statement Michael is referencing. I think that's important.
Edited by Matt Reed on 19 June 2020 at 2:15am