Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

exposure, perceptions, African-Americans

Biography

My name is Alyssa Hager, and I am a senior Public Communication major at Marshall University. I am originally from Lincoln County, West Virginia. I was involved in speech and debate during my four years at Lincoln County High School and Marshall University's Speech and Debate me attracted me to the university itself. Danny Ray, our late director of speech and debate, recruited me for the team less than four years ago, and I've been a passionate member ever sense. Marshall's team impacted my decision to become a public communication major and I have yet to regret that decision.

Major

Public Communication

Advisor for this project

Dr. Brammer

Start Date

20-4-2017 9:15 AM

End Date

20-4-2017 10:30 AM

Abstract

Abstract

The Purpose of the Research: To determine if individuals’ support of the Black Lives Matter Movement is effected, if at all, by one’s exposure to the Black community, demographic, age group, personal race or ethnicity, and overall news coverage of the movement itself.

The Scientific or Scholarly Rationale: A recent Pew Research Center survey conducted Feb. 29-May 8, 2016, found that although the majority of the U.S. population knows of Black Lives Matter, positive and negative perceptions of the movement vary among Black and White individuals: Among whites, 40% express support, while 28% say they oppose Black Lives Matter. Whereas, the same survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 65% of Black individuals support the movement, including 41% who strongly support it; 12% of blacks say that they oppose the movement. The purpose of this study is to examine if attributing factors such as race, age, and exposure shape one’s support of Black Lives Matter.

The Procedures to be Performed: Willing participants will be found through Marshall University and the use of Facebook. To assure the anonymity of these participants, no personal information will be required for submission. The online version of the survey will be administered through an easily accessible link. Facebook users can easily access the survey and Marshall University Students will have the option to participate in the survey through their personal, Marshall email accounts. Once participants click on the link, each individual will be asked to read a consent form in which participants can either agree or disagree to have their answers used for the purpose of the study. If a participant chooses to agree, the survey will immediately appear on the screen. For exclusion and inclusion purposes, a paper copy of the survey will be provided to participants as well. Similar to the online version of the study, participants will be asked to read a consent form in which participants can either agree or disagree to have their answers used for the purpose of the study. Additionally, participants who fill out a paper copy of the survey will be given an envelope to place their completed surveys in. All envelopes will be exact in identity. Participants through an online version or a paper copy of the survey, will be informed that at any time, one can choose to skip any undesirable questions or quit the survey entirely. If the participants are interested in the results of the study, a link will be posted on Facebook and sent to the students of Marshall University. For those who filled out a paper copy of the survey, results can be provided through the University at any time.

The Risks and Potential Benefits of the Research: Participants of the study may benefit from this research by gaining a better understanding of their own personal biases toward members of the African-American Community. Additionally, this data could encourage individuals to vary their news sources and reduce interracial apprehension.

Complete Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria (may be submitted separately): For the study, participants of all races, ethnicity, ages, and genders will be included and encouraged to participate.

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Apr 20th, 9:15 AM Apr 20th, 10:30 AM

The Power of Influence: Black Lives Matter Movement

Abstract

The Purpose of the Research: To determine if individuals’ support of the Black Lives Matter Movement is effected, if at all, by one’s exposure to the Black community, demographic, age group, personal race or ethnicity, and overall news coverage of the movement itself.

The Scientific or Scholarly Rationale: A recent Pew Research Center survey conducted Feb. 29-May 8, 2016, found that although the majority of the U.S. population knows of Black Lives Matter, positive and negative perceptions of the movement vary among Black and White individuals: Among whites, 40% express support, while 28% say they oppose Black Lives Matter. Whereas, the same survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 65% of Black individuals support the movement, including 41% who strongly support it; 12% of blacks say that they oppose the movement. The purpose of this study is to examine if attributing factors such as race, age, and exposure shape one’s support of Black Lives Matter.

The Procedures to be Performed: Willing participants will be found through Marshall University and the use of Facebook. To assure the anonymity of these participants, no personal information will be required for submission. The online version of the survey will be administered through an easily accessible link. Facebook users can easily access the survey and Marshall University Students will have the option to participate in the survey through their personal, Marshall email accounts. Once participants click on the link, each individual will be asked to read a consent form in which participants can either agree or disagree to have their answers used for the purpose of the study. If a participant chooses to agree, the survey will immediately appear on the screen. For exclusion and inclusion purposes, a paper copy of the survey will be provided to participants as well. Similar to the online version of the study, participants will be asked to read a consent form in which participants can either agree or disagree to have their answers used for the purpose of the study. Additionally, participants who fill out a paper copy of the survey will be given an envelope to place their completed surveys in. All envelopes will be exact in identity. Participants through an online version or a paper copy of the survey, will be informed that at any time, one can choose to skip any undesirable questions or quit the survey entirely. If the participants are interested in the results of the study, a link will be posted on Facebook and sent to the students of Marshall University. For those who filled out a paper copy of the survey, results can be provided through the University at any time.

The Risks and Potential Benefits of the Research: Participants of the study may benefit from this research by gaining a better understanding of their own personal biases toward members of the African-American Community. Additionally, this data could encourage individuals to vary their news sources and reduce interracial apprehension.

Complete Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria (may be submitted separately): For the study, participants of all races, ethnicity, ages, and genders will be included and encouraged to participate.