"Geography of Hate" maps show where racist and homophobic tweets come from [IMAGES]

Categories: Racism
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Humboldt State University students recently combed through 150,000 geo-coded tweets to determine where America's 140-character racism and homophobia are concentrated.

The researchers put together Google maps compiling their findings. You can zoom in or zoom out to focus on a particular region and sort by particular slurs.

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One interesting nugget as it pertains to Minnesota is that the Twin Cities region is one of the only ones in the country where the anti-Asian slur "c****k" is still in vogue.

First of all, from the Guardian, here's some information about the researchers' methodology:
Using humans rather than machines means that this research was able to avoid the basic pitfall of most semantic analysis where a tweet stating 'the word homo is unacceptable' would still be classed as hate speech. The data has also been 'normalised', meaning that the scale accounts for the total twitter traffic in each county so that the final result is something that shows the frequency of hateful words on Twitter. The only question that remains is whether the views of US Twitter users can be a reliable indication of the views of US citizens. Tell us what you think by posting a comment below.
Here's a map looking at the use of the aforementioned "C-word" slur throughout the country (all maps below can be enlarged by clicking on them):

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Another interesting local nugget is that northwest Minnesota seems to be a hotbed for use of a certain anti-lesbian slur:

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Here are the national maps for use of homophobic and racial slurs in general:

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And here's a localized look at homophobia and racism on Twitter:

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-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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42 comments
SallyMJ
SallyMJ

I bet the libs completely missed their own racism and race-baiting.


Just like that black female "Structural Racism" professor is blaming her students for being racist to her, when she is the real racist.

darkoctet
darkoctet

Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White. If White people had a country of our own, this wouldn't be happening.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Hey, I can see Keny's house!

kev4x100
kev4x100

While even one mention is too much given the recent political fight which resulted in the freedom to marry for all it is not surprising that homophobic rhetoric experienced a spike.  Just as I would expect it to do so again come August 1st.  Again not saying any amount is right.

caligal2011
caligal2011

Does this include hate against whites, patriotic Americans, Christians, Southerners, and other groups that don't fit their investigative "sample"?

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Isn't the center of that big red blob of hate right over Bachmann's 6th District?

Dana Froehlig
Dana Froehlig

is it not small minded to call another a bigot

Michelle Glass
Michelle Glass

Huge hate and intolerance in the TC metro against law abiding gun owners. Lots of small-minded bigots.

Justin Irvine
Justin Irvine

It is also flawed in the fact that if you retweet something and refute it it still counted. also jokes and other puns were counted. some of the best ethnic jokes come from the people of that ethnicity. and only 150k tweets is not even a large enough pool of tweets due to the shear number per min...

bjohnsonmn
bjohnsonmn

If only there were an overlay for troll accounts on facebook and twitter.

Jessica Thunstrom Nelson
Jessica Thunstrom Nelson

Aaaaaah. Yeah, I haven't heard that in so many years I'd forgotten it existed as a racial slur.

Mitch Schaps
Mitch Schaps

chink. That is the Asian slur they are getting at.

Matt Touchette
Matt Touchette

Look at the maps in the article, the whole word is shown in the lower left hand corner of the first map.

Jessica Ruth
Jessica Ruth

All this proves is that ND and SD don't have twitter yet.

Keira Kleen
Keira Kleen

Political Correctness is anti 1st Amendment.

Evan Hanson
Evan Hanson

To be fair, a lot of the tweets about lesbian hate in what appears to be Moorehead may have been a misspelling or misinterpretation of "dike". That area has a lot of flooding problems and building dikes becomes a major issue come spring-time

Matthew Fried
Matthew Fried

A nice follow up would be how many people use Twitter per state. I'm guessing that would alter things

Jessica Thunstrom Nelson
Jessica Thunstrom Nelson

I have no idea what that c-word could be, so either I'm having a *really* dumb moment, or it's usage is not as widespread even in our area as it's made to sound.

Dustin Skarda
Dustin Skarda

Only 150,000 tweets. Is that like a 45 second snapshot of twitter?

Jeremy Hop
Jeremy Hop

How about adjusting for population density. These maps are not very accurate...

giggleman5001
giggleman5001

maybe its one really hateful person, doing it alot.

Nick Twist
Nick Twist

Hutchinson and Duluth seem to really take the cake on this map...

jpinmn
jpinmn

Interesting that they do not search for the awful word "retard." Also, are these accounting for population density? It does not appear so.

Emily
Emily

@caligal2011 haha... wow... And there it is... While her comment seems quite innocent to many, it is this quiet-ignorant-entitlement that is most poisonous by nature. No need for me to explain. It's pointless to speak directly to this person or to anyone who agrees with them, because as Mark Twain said- "Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." The rest of us can only march towards a future of a more educated society....



dana1974
dana1974

@Dana Froehlig No.  These slurs mentioned in the article are used against people for traits they are born with.  You have to choose to be a bigot.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Michelle Glass No, you're completely wrong or lying.  The legislation that was proposed tightened background checks and would've closed the gunshow loophole.  If you can't pass a background check, you're probably not a law-abiding citizen. Name one - just one law-abiding U.S. citizen that've had a gun confiscated recently. You can't because you're full of $hit.

Kayla_12
Kayla_12

@Justin Irvine Well yeah, even if you're just retweeting it, you're still endorsing that hate speech.

dana1974
dana1974

@Justin Irvine Just because people of an ethnicity say something doesn't mean you get to join in.  If you don't understand why that is, pick something else to talk about.

dana1974
dana1974

@Keny Kleen Influencing people to remember they are human beings and that they should be considerate of others is anti-a**holery, not anti-First Amendment.  This is not Congress or any state government forcing you to shut up.  It's ordinary people telling you to quit being a jerk.  If you have a problem with that, there's probably no help for you.

brownlifton
brownlifton

@Evan Hanson Oh, gosh Evan, that's just hilarious! Got any more BIGOT humor, jackass?

dana1974
dana1974

@Jessica Thunstrom Nelson I knew about the word but had *forgotten* it.  Wow.

Amanda_Roggins
Amanda_Roggins

@MNjoe She wasn't talking about background checks or gun show loopholes, you assfuck of a nazi blowjobber. She was talking about in general.

It is a proven fact that most TC-ers are, in fact, a bunch of anti-gun idiots who deserve nothing more than to be put up against a brick wall and shot.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@Amanda_Roggins  Oh, well once you put it that way, I see the error of our ways.  You all seem very reasonable and exactly the sort of people who should operate deadly weapons.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Amanda_Roggins @MNjoe And you are the prime example of why we need more comprehensive gun laws.  I doubt you'd pass the background check and from the sound of your comment, you sure as hell wouldn't pass a mental exam.

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