Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race


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On Monday I took a Survey on campus. I was notified of the survey by a good friend who said that if i took the survey they were giving $10 cash, But the catch was that you had to be an African American student. When I went to take my survey there were so many black students up there. I asked the professor why only Black students and he said because they had already had enough participation from white students.  Though I did take the survey and got my $10. I really feel that offering $10 was not the only way to get the black population in to take the survey. Like we are greedy for money like that. Maybe in the survey was dvertised more and more ppl knew about it they could have found more of the Black popilation.


Written by gwendo89

April 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm

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  1. Oh my goodness. I hardly doubt that offering $10 for African American participation was aimed at stereotyping them as greedy. If they initially received survey info from African Americans and needed information from the white population, they would’ve offered $10 as well…it’s an incentive to complete the survey regardless of who they’re asking. It just HAPPENS that the population group they didn’t have enough information from was the African American group. They started offering that money so that people would take the initiative and participate…I think this would apply to any racial group that they needed info from quickly especially if they’re on a deadline. I think you’re spinning this into a racism issue that it never was to begin with.


    April 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

  2. For researchers doing their own survey work, and gathering their own samples, this is a common practice. You put out flyers, get word of mouth, etc, to get people to take your survey. Then you look at how many respondents you have, and whether or not you need more, then you try again. If at some point you realized that you are not going to get the number of respondents you want, you look at ways of boosting participation, and the most common way of doing that is through cash. It is also generally the last resort, since it can get expensive.


    April 16, 2010 at 11:08 am

  3. This isn’t about race at all! This is about getting results for a survey. Some populations are more likely to respond to surveys, etc. Researchers have to do something in order to motivate particular populations to participate.


    April 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm

  4. I don’t think that this was about race, i feel that the researchers didn’t advertise the study as well as the should. Also, I took the survey and the content of the study was based on race, so i feel as though the researchers really needed more African American participants.


    April 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm

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