Speaking of the power of music….

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.

via Does listening to rock make you racist? Five minutes of Bruce Springsteen makes students favour white people over others | Mail Online.

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.

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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