Racism Is an Insidious Social Term Paper

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Example of the least severe would be changes in eye contact, from other students and/or faculty or person or people moving away from the person in a social situation as compared to severe which would be an overt usage of a derogatory term such as the N word in an angry manner or other racially derogatory terms and will also include acts of vandalism to property or physical violence. The questions regarding number of events will be three, one asking about racist events on campus, at work (where applicable) and lastly in the broader community. The final question will involve and overall expression of the degree the individual believes racism effects their daily life, based upon the 1-10 scale.

Data Collection Methods:

This work is a true survey style design and the data will be collected via electronic means. The dependant variable will be compiled in a set of averages based on racial designation, and then collectively for each question to build a general idea of the status of minority students in general and then separately to see if there are serious disparities between the four races represented. As the survey will be conducted via the campus computer network collection of materials will be relatively simple and tabulating results will also be simple, given the size of the survey questionnaire and the number of volunteer participants. The work will then be collated in a statistical data set. The methods of the design were chosen to help ensure truthfulness on answers, as the internet is clearly a relatively anonymous media, though students will be aware of the identifiable nature of the individual prior to the test and all identifying information will be removed from the data set before it is correlated. The electronic method of data collection will be used to reduce the cost of the study as well as helping ensure the truthfulness of the participants, as the electronic tends to allow people to respond more readily than if they were being asked the question by a real questioner, who might inadvertently skew results with their very presence, this is particularly true in this case if the individual is of another represented race, particularly of the white majority race.


The quantitative sample data from the survey method will be delineated as a group and also analyzed via separate self-reported racial grouping. The results will then show an impression of the overall situation of racism on campus as well as the individual problem as the study participants on their own self-reported racial grouping perceive it. The resulting summation will be conducted upon the data to determine the mean, median, standard deviation based upon each question, and then with like questions grouped together. Such information should give a general impression of the occurrence of subtle and overt racism on the campus.

Though it is possible that the work will not be representative of the global state of racism on college campuses as, it is only an isolated setting, which may have particular idiosyncratic characteristics that make it more or less representative of the overall community experience. It will also be interesting to correlate community vs. campus racism events.


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