In the current version of "The Loop", the following question is asked:
- Which racial background(s) do you identify with? Please select all that apply. (optional)
Hispanic or Latino/Latina
Native American, Pacific Islander, or Indigenous Australian
Black or of African decent [typo in original]
White or of European descent
Other (please specify)
Similar questions have been used in past surveys, for example this 2017 survey mentioned the following, referred to as ethnicities in the writeup as opposed to racial backgrounds:
- Hispanic or Latino/Latina
- Native American, Pacific Islander, or Indigenous Australian
- Middle Eastern
- South Asian
- Black or of African descent
- White or of European descent
- East Asian
- I prefer not to say
- I don’t know
The groups mentioned above are somewhat different to those used by the US census, the country in which the company is based. It mentions the following (copied from the list of 2000, which apparently hasn't changed for 2010):
- Black or African American
- American Indian and Alaska Native
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
- Some other race
- Two or more races
It also asks about the ethnicity "Hispanic or Latino".
There's a number of differences between what the company does, and what the US census bureau does. The survey groups "American Indian and Alaskan Native" with "Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander". It splits the "Asian" category up. It treats "Hispanic or Latino/Latina" as racial background rather than a separate attribute. Most interestingly for me, it groups members of "Indigenous Australian" with "Native American" and "Pacific Islander".
How did the people behind "The Loop", and previous surveys, decide upon the categorisation of racial backgrounds?
Update In the 2020 developer survey, the following option was given, to a question which didn't use the word "racial" or "ethnicity":
Indigenous (such as Native American, Pacific Islander, Or Indigenous Australian)
This would suggest that in 2019, the designers of The Loop thought back then that the three groups had that characteristic in common.