Originally posted by twhitehead
I don't see why it should be insulting.
If they had instead asked: given that Susan is american, is she more likely to be white or black? Would the correct answer 'white' be insulting to black people?
What if the same question was asked with regards to university degrees?
What if the same question were asked with regards to being incarcerated in the US?
They should only be insulting if you don't understand statistics.
Yes, but OSU is a state institution and is thus regulated by laws meant to stop discrimination by gender, race, sexual orientation and religion
. This question is not comparing Christians to atheists based on statistics, but based on intelligence. The IQ mentioned in the quiz question is meant as an indicator of intelligence, there are no statistics involved in the question. What if they had instead asked, "Given that Susan has an IQ of 100 while Francine has an IQ of 120, which of the following statements do you expect to be true?" with a correct answer of "Susan is black and Francine is white", or even "Susan is gay, while Francine is straight"? There would have been an immediate uproar of accusations of discrimination leveled at OSU, and rightfully so. That there is not a bigger deal made of this story says volumes about which direction America is heading, and I suspect we'll only see more of this type of discrimination as time goes on.
All that being said, yes, this test question was written by students doing work for the Psychology department, but it was a test for a Gen Ed class. The class is only a required class if you are in the General Education program. In my school, this was usually where the under-performing students generally ended up. Still, it should have been approved by a professor or at least a higher-ranking educator in the Psychology department before going out on the test.