A study by professors at the University of Minnesota has determined that listening to mainstream rock music, such as the White Stripes and Bruce Springsteen, could make you racist. Yeah…
So here’s how the study went down: They had 138 students listen to different music from separate genres for eight minutes or so. Those same students were then asked how they would distribute funds to various ethnic groups in their school. And the results were…well, they were kind of inflammatory.
After listening to acts like the White Stripes and Springsteen, the white students wrote that they wanted the white groups to receive a majority (or 35 percent) of the money. But other white students who listened to more “ethnically diverse” acts like Akon and Gwen Stefani split up the funds equally amongst the various ethnic groups.
Here’s what Heather LaMarre, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota, had to say about the study:
“Rock music is generally associated with white Americans, so we believe it cues white listeners to think about their positive association with their own in-group.”
So, uh, what’s everyone think about this one? [NME]