SMU Stands Behind Survey Asking Questions About Race

Kristin Weisell
May 18, 2018 - 6:29 am
SMU Campus

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Southern Methodist University is standing by a survey that some have deemed racist. It asks questions such as "Why are black people so loud?". 

As part of the survey, students were asked to rate how much they would like to know the answers to questions like these. Other questions on the survey included "Do black people get sunburned?" and to Asians, "Is your vision impaired by your eyelids?"

SMU distributed the survey internally last fall, but it went public yesterday after someone posted a link to it online. Then other non-SMU students started weighing in.

SMU officials say the survey was meant to help staff understand where students might need more cultural education. They claim that students were warned at the beginning of the survey that some questions might seem offensive. 

SMU has taken the survey down. They say they didn't take it down because they feel like they were wrong, but because they didn't want their data skewed by responses from non-students.