Unpacking the Mascot Debate: Native American Identification Predicts Opposition to Native Mascots

  title={Unpacking the Mascot Debate: Native American Identification Predicts Opposition to Native Mascots},
  author={Stephanie A. Fryberg and Arianne E. Eason and Laura M. Brady and Nadia Jessop and Julisa J. Lopez},
  journal={Social Psychological and Personality Science},
  pages={3 - 13}
While major organizations representing Native Americans (e.g., National Congress of American Indians) contend that Native mascots are stereotypical and dehumanizing, sports teams with Native mascots cite polls claiming their mascots are not offensive to Native people. We conducted a large-scale, empirical study to provide a valid and generalizable understanding of Native Americans’ (N = 1,021) attitudes toward Native mascots. Building on the identity centrality literature, we examined how… 

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