(Image source: Floating Sheep)

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN 

ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS


For those looking for statistical evidence that the re-election of the nation's first black president means we no longer live in a post-racial America, a recent analysis of election night tweeting shows otherwise.

The online blog Jezebel collected some of these Tweets --- everything from users referring to the president as a “monkey”  to others calling for the South to “take back America.”

Data-mapping experts at Floating Sheep then collected all the geocoded tweets with what they considered racist terms that also referenced the election.

They created a formula to determine how high the state-level proportions of racist tweets to regular tweets compared to the national numbers.

Their findings? The states with the highest number of bigoted tweets were mostly in the South. Alabama and Mississippi had the highest amount of post-election hate speech on Twitter, followed by Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

But the racist tweeting wasn’t restricted to just Southern states -- North Dakota, Utah, and Missouri also registered highly. Though, as a writer for MSN points out, the research only analyzed less than 400 tweets, and it wasn’t without its flaws.

Because in a country of more than 300 million, 395 is apparently a significant sample, and also, did nobody care what kind of anti-Mormon hate speech might be there?”

The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur didn’t find the results all that surprising, and pointed to Public Policy Polling which found more than a quarter of people in Mississippi still think interracial marriage should be illegal.

“I don’t know what to do about it, and obviously there’s terrific people in Mississippi, Alabama, … those are the most obvious things in the world. But somehow we’ve got to get beyond this in the South.”  

And while the Southern states had the highest ratio of racist tweets, Jezebel notes that, regardless of region, the majority across the nation came from white teenagers.

“Here is incontrovertible proof (as if we needed it) that racism isn't just some imaginary talking point invented by liberals, but an actual problem. What's sadder is that many of these Tweeters seem to be in high school, who don't have the flimsy excuse of being raised in ‘another time.’" 

 

Some states including Wyoming, South Dakota and Idaho, had no hate tweets at all, but the article found overall Twitter use is lower in those states.

Map Tracks Racist Tweets on Election Day

by Elizabeth Hagedorn
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Nov 11, 2012

Map Tracks Racist Tweets on Election Day

(Image source: Floating Sheep)

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN 

ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS


For those looking for statistical evidence that the re-election of the nation's first black president means we no longer live in a post-racial America, a recent analysis of election night tweeting shows otherwise.

The online blog Jezebel collected some of these Tweets --- everything from users referring to the president as a “monkey”  to others calling for the South to “take back America.”

Data-mapping experts at Floating Sheep then collected all the geocoded tweets with what they considered racist terms that also referenced the election.

They created a formula to determine how high the state-level proportions of racist tweets to regular tweets compared to the national numbers.

Their findings? The states with the highest number of bigoted tweets were mostly in the South. Alabama and Mississippi had the highest amount of post-election hate speech on Twitter, followed by Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

But the racist tweeting wasn’t restricted to just Southern states -- North Dakota, Utah, and Missouri also registered highly. Though, as a writer for MSN points out, the research only analyzed less than 400 tweets, and it wasn’t without its flaws.

Because in a country of more than 300 million, 395 is apparently a significant sample, and also, did nobody care what kind of anti-Mormon hate speech might be there?”

The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur didn’t find the results all that surprising, and pointed to Public Policy Polling which found more than a quarter of people in Mississippi still think interracial marriage should be illegal.

“I don’t know what to do about it, and obviously there’s terrific people in Mississippi, Alabama, … those are the most obvious things in the world. But somehow we’ve got to get beyond this in the South.”  

And while the Southern states had the highest ratio of racist tweets, Jezebel notes that, regardless of region, the majority across the nation came from white teenagers.

“Here is incontrovertible proof (as if we needed it) that racism isn't just some imaginary talking point invented by liberals, but an actual problem. What's sadder is that many of these Tweeters seem to be in high school, who don't have the flimsy excuse of being raised in ‘another time.’" 

 

Some states including Wyoming, South Dakota and Idaho, had no hate tweets at all, but the article found overall Twitter use is lower in those states.

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