Monday, May 20, 2013

Missouri Hate Tweets: State Has High Rates of Homophobia, Racism, N-Word Usage (MAPS)

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Areas with a high concentration of N-word tweets. - VIA
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Compared to many other states in the country, Missouri has a high concentration of racist, homophobic tweets that include offensive, hateful language. And the tweeters are located all over the state.

So says a neat new interactive map called the Geography of Hate, which analyzes geocoded tweets that use the N-word, "fag," "homo" and other "hate words" from June of last year through April of 2013.

In some categories, Missouri appears to be one of the worst in the country. Hooray!

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The map comes from an academic project of California's Humboldt State University, where researcher Monica Stephens cataloged all the hateful tweets in the country over the last year, within certain parameters. The map only includes tweets that human researchers read and confirmed to be explicitly negative.

The team found over 150,000 of these hate tweets.

"We think that 150,000 is a sufficiently large number to be quite depressed about the state of bigotry in our country," the researcher writes in an explanation of the methodology.

The research was limited by tweets that include location geocodes.

First, let's take a look at where Missouri falls on the map.

Here are all the racist tweets in the country:


Homophobic tweets in the country:


And FYI, the scale here:


As you can see, Missouri's got a lot of red.

And this is not the first time researchers have called out Missouri for having a high concentration of derogatory tweets relative to other states.

A map of racist tweets after the presidential election last year showed that Missouri joined the ranks with some Southern states in being one of the worst. Researchers than said that Mississippi and Alabama had the highest scores, and Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee followed behind. Behind that group was North Dakota, Utah and Missouri.

Here's that map showing the spike in hate-tweets in response to Barack Obama's reelection, with Missouri near the top.

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But where in Missouri are these hateful tweets most prevalent?

Continue for more maps showing Missouri regions with the most racist and homophobic tweets -- and which offensive words they use most often.

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