Thursday, August 28, 2014

I conducted a survey

"We'll never change the name. It's that simple. NEVER. You can use caps." — Daniel Snyder, Assface

REMEMBER Daniel SnyderHe's the owner of the Washington NFL football team, who continues to insist that the name he likes to call his team isn't racist or offensive. HE doesn't think it is, therefore it isn't. 

In fact he says the name is "positive." 

Never mind what Native Americans think. What hubris!!!!

Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies at California State University, San Bernardino, James Fenelon, a Dakota/Lakota, conducted a survey and discovered that a majority of Native Americans do indeed find Snyder's name offensive. (Below is the press release about the research.)

In the meantime, I conducted a survey and learned that I do not find calling Daniel Snyder "assface" offensive, so that's what I'm going to call him. It doesn't matter what he thinks of being called assface. I think it's positive, and that's enough for me. 

Please join me in calling him assface. In fact, let's franchise it. Can't wait to design the merch!




Press Release 

Submitted by James V. Fenelon, Sociology Department, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Survey on Redskins team name found most American Indians believe it to be offensive and racist. 

The Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies at California State University, San Bernardino has conducted a study on racial and ethnic perspectives on the team name Redskins and associated issues, and found that the large majority of American Indians, when properly identified and polled, find the team name offensive, disrespectful and racist. 

The first question on the survey tells the basic story:
The Redskins team name is a racial or racist word and symbol. 
American Indians were 67 % in agreement, 12 % were neutral and 20 % disagreed with the statement. 

Other ethnic groups are spread across the three major categories of seeing the term Redskins as racist, as neutral, or disagreeing in seeing Redskins as racially offensive. Whites were 33% in agreement, 26% neutral, and 41% disagreed the term was racial, generally the reverse of American Indian responses. The neutral category played a significant role for whites in allowing them to not be seen as “racist” – upon further analysis more than 60% of whites reject the term Redskins as racist, while more than 60% of Indians see the term Redskins as racist. 

The survey was conducted based on similar work done on the Cleveland Indians Chief Wahoo mascot, when analysts found mainstream research agendas systematically mis-identified Native Americans to benefit dominant ideologies that American Indians supported the mascot and team name. 

The Center's Principal Investigator, Professor James Fenelon, oversaw the collection of over 400 surveys directly from individuals who could be verified as being the race or ethnic group they claimed.

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