After listening to Bruce Springsteen and the White Stripes, the students handed most of the money to white people.
‘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,’ said Heather LaMarre, an assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota.
‘That was enough for them to show more support for a student group representing mostly whites.’
After listening to Top 40 pop such as Gwen Stefani, Akon and Fergie, the students divided money more equally between white people, black people and latinos.
I’m not sure that 138 students can actually be called a realistic sampling. Further, I’m not sure the results can be called racism.