Geographers Reveal Where Nation’s Racist Tweets Come From

Post-presidential election 2012, take a look at which states have most racist tweets

Team of geography academics at Floating Sheep tracked states with the most racist tweets (Image: Floating Sheep)

Geographers at Floating Sheep, a group of academics who previously mapped Christianity, beer drinkers and the best pizza in the United States, decided to take look at racism as a response to this year’s presidential election and President Barack Obama’s victory.  And their discovery may not be shocking to many Americans who believe we’re not yet in a post-racial society.

The academics geocoded and aggregated the 395 racists tweets they found from the week of November 1 -7, and used a location quotient (LQ) to signify which states had the highest and lowest number of racist tweets. Under their model, a rating of 1.0 indicates that the state’s proportion of racist tweets to non-racist tweets is the same as the national proportion. A score above indicates that the ratios of racist to non-racist tweets are higher than the nationwide proportion.

Unsurprisingly, Michigan (0.6), Pennsylvania (0.7) and New Hampshire (0.8) had some of the lowest LQs and the three states with the highest LQS were located in the historically racist southeast: Alabama (8.1), Mississippi (7.4), and Georgia (3.6). The other findings on the map that may be worth noting were that North Dakota and Missouri both had low LQs, as well as Oregon and Minnesota.

Analyze the map to see where your state ranks.

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