Yes we have no research, we have no research today-ay, we have ignorance, intolerance, and racial bigotry. . . and we won’t tell the community. Yes, we have no research, we have no research today-ay. It’s out there, available, and ready to be known, but we hold back because our minds are closed. Yes, we have no research, we have no research today. . .
To the Tune of Yes We Have No Bananas
300 peer-reviewed scientific psychological research studies tell us that the use of the name “Indian” and a logo featuring a man wearing a headdress precisely like that in Mukwonago High School is patently race-based and promotes racial stereotyping that is damaging psychologically to every single person who is exposed to it. That includes all of the students at Mukwonago High School and the broader community it serves.
The very latest research study conducted by Chu Kim Prieto, Lizabeth A. Goldstein, Sumie Okazaki, and Blake Kirshner entitled “Effect of Exposure to an American Indian Mascot on the Tendency to Stereotype a Different Minority Group” published in March 2010 in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology documents the fact that racial stereotyping outside the racial group being stereotyped by the Indian nickname and logo does occur. This means that an Asian-American student could develop a more stereotypical view of African-Americans and vice versa. It means that the dominant white Euro-American group could increase their racial stereotyping thought processes and perhaps related behaviors toward racial minority groups other than Native-Americans at one and the same time they retain the racial stereotyping of Native-Americans too. As they used to say, “this is a revoltin’ development.” Previous research studies linked to this line of research conclusively demonstrate that the dominant white Euro-American group have their racial stereotypes confirmed and they receive an inflated view of their relative importance toward other minority groups.
This makes Mukwonago High School and the larger community itself where the “hegemonic space” of the dominant group exists, according to research done by Dr. Ezra Zeitler, an incubator for racial stereotyping which is such a contributor to racial intolerance.
It must be supposed that the Mukwonago Area Schools respects research in the field of psychology. They have said to the public in their statement of 8 October 2010 that they accept the research on this subject and they made no qualification to that portion of their statement. The Mukwonago Area Schools maintains a rigorous educational curriculum in the all the major sciences K-12 and with courses and instructors and labs at the High School being prominently featured and utilized. And most of all, they have a record number of students taking both their Psychology and Advanced Placement Psychology courses at the High School. It cannot be argued that the school district or the community refuses to accept the validity of scientific research.
But the community as well as the District has kept the research that should be so disturbing to them at arm’s length. They have hidden it away much as a man or woman does who has a cancer and who knows that the piper must be paid. This refusal to accept the bald fact that every student in the District is affected by exposure to the logo and nickname, as is the entire community, raises up the yawning contradiction between their statement and their behavior to date. Has the community read and studied and become educated on this body of research? Of course they have not, and local officials of all levels and classifications are not stepping forward (with the exception of Superintendent Strobel and Principal McNulty) to lead and educate their community members on the nature of the research, what it says, and what that means for their children and quite candidly for all of us who have contact with the greater Mukwonago community.
Plans may be afoot to rectify this situation but it has been almost three weeks since the 8 October statement of the School District and little or nothing has been done to explain why school officials accept the research and how that will and is informing their decision-making in dealing with the DPI ruling and the racial stereotyping which that governmental body found to be taking place at this very hour in Mukwonago.
Oh yes, we have no research, we have no research today-ay. . .