March 6, 2012


Can Listening to Rock Music Make You Racist?

Hal Horowitz/WireImage
Hal Horowitz/WireImage

A new study by professors at the University of Minnesota is making the explosive claim that listening to rock music can make you racist. Hmmm...

To reach this conclusion (a skeptical one at that), the professors had 138 students listen to music for about seven minutes, and then they asked the students how they would distribute funds to different ethnic groups' college funds within their school.

After listening to tunes from the likes of Bruce Springsteen and the White Stripes, white students said that they wanted white college funds to receive 35 percent of the money and have the rest of the money, lower amounts, split evenly among college funds for other ethnic groups.

Other white students had to listen to seven minutes of ethnically diverse music from pop acts like Akon and Gwen Stefani, and when they were finished listening, they said they'd split the money evenly among the college funds of different ethnic groups.

Heather LaMarre, a professor at the University of Minnesota, said, "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." [Via The Daily Mail]

What do you think? Can listening to rock music make you racist or is there something else going on here? Tell us what you think in the comment section.