Monday, November 12, 2012
Reelecting the black guy to a second term as president is bound to drive the racists out from under their rocks. So much for living in a post-racial America?
Floating Sheep, a group of tech savvy geographers, searched for tweets containing “monkey” or “nigger,” and “Obama” or “reelected” or “won,” and isolated the ones that were geo-tagged with a location.
Then they created a formula to determine how high the state-level proportion of hate tweets to regular tweets, compared to national levels. The result: the above map. The greener the state, the bigger its share of racist tweets.
The American South came out on top.