According To Recent Study, Psychopaths Listen To Rap Music, And There Is A Lot Wrong With That
This research finding has one puzzling and perhaps controversial observation.
A group of scientists at New York University has come up with an observation that suggests that people with psychopathic tendencies have a higher likelihood of being endeared to rap music when compared to the average Joe.
This research finding was conducted by playing 260 songs to 200 people. And then they tested all 200 participants for psychopathy and made a shocking discovery. The listeners with the highest scores were those who gravitated towards rap music. While those with lesser psychopathic scores were more inclined to pop music.
These results have made the scientists speculate that rap music could be used to predict psychopathy or similar psychological disorders.
Now, some people might view this as a dig at the African American culture from which this art form originated. And they have every right to think so. Researchers like this should release more information as to the methodologies used for such a research or experiment. Such as the race profile of the participants involved in such research.
Now, as I said before, Rap music is a subsidiary of the hip-hop culture. It is a culture that originated from working-class young and urban African Americans, in the late 20th century. This is reiterated by an article The Social Significance of Rap & Hip-Hop Culture.
With this background knowledge, it is easy to see why such an experiment could suggest that African Americans – from whose culture rap music sprouted, have a much higher tendency to be psychopaths. With these all based off of their love for their own culture. That only continues to reinforce the stereotypes that rap music breeds violence and crime. Which isn’t coincidental that these are the same traits that are widely associated with African Americans.
To avert such flawed assumptions, it is important that the scientists who conducted this research, go ahead to release a more detailed version of the results. It is also important to note that as of now, this research finding has yet to be released.
The scientists are to start another research to authenticate their claims. This is a welcome development since that would not just be some reason to reinforce the negative stereotypes that have been associated with rap music and African American culture in general.
Dr. Pascal Wallisch, who lead this research experiment once said: “You don’t want to have these people in positions where they can cause a lot of harm. We need a tool to identify them without their cooperation or consent.”
Assuming that this is a study used in targeting African Americans, you can see that it will create a platform in government and private sector where African Americans are discriminated against when it comes to qualifications and positions that they are eligible for. This will just breed more racism and discrimination against them. And that in itself is truly terrifying.