Graphics: Colorado's score for hate tweets -- and fondness for the N-word

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How often do social-media users in Colorado feature hate speech in their tweets? The Geography of Hate, overseen by Humboldt State University's Dr. Monica Stephens, puts the answer in graphic terms via heat maps that show the best and worst areas of the country when it comes to tweets sporting degrading terms about sexual preferences, race and disabilities. As you'll see by the series of maps below, Colorado is far from the worst state in the U.S. when it comes to hate tweets, but there are still some concerning flare-ups, particularly when it comes to the N-word.

According to the folks behind the project, the maps are "based on every geocoded tweet in the United States from June 2012-April 2013 containing one of the 'hate words'" -- more than 150,000 in all -- and then weighted against the total Twitter traffic in each specific county. Areas with a higher proportion of hate tweets are designated by red, with those where such tweets are less frequent are marked by various shades of blue, as seen in this graphic.

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As you'll see, the reddest areas are generally in the Midwest and East, with assorted hot spots in Western areas.

Here's the overall map for "homophobia"....

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...and this is the image for "racism."

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As you can see, there's significant areas of darker blue in Colorado on both maps.

Here are two images focusing on the state. First, Colorado's overall homophobia score....

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...and the state's racism tally:

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What words led to the blue areas in Colorado? The Geography of Hate breaks things down by four homophobic words -- "dyke," "fag," "homo" and "queer" -- and five racist words: "chink," "gook," "nigger," "wetback" and "spick."

Here's how Colorado scored on each word, with a differentiation made for "negative" tweets -- presumably to factor out messages in which the words are used in ways that are meant to be congenial rather than hurtful.

Continue for more heat maps showing Colorado's score for hate tweets.



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Clint Jahn
Clint Jahn

Actually, "spick" is an incorrect and uncommon spelling of that racial slur. The k is usually omitted.

Serendipity Gonzales
Serendipity Gonzales

Stfu. Wow. That might be the stupidest things I've ever seen. 150THOUSAND HATE WORDS but they can tell which ones are used with affinity and which are hateful. How about which are stupid. Like this page for propagating this bulls.....!

Jayson Degroot
Jayson Degroot

Why is everybody afraid of using the word nincompoop?

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

As Jonah's a Certified Douchebag TOO Fucked in the Head to ADMIT I'm right !!!

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

We have ourselves here a verified Randy Marsh.

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

Matt Leising, did you fail high school geography? It's predominately in the interior Appalachia, not the coastal areas.....you stupid motherfucker.

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

Matt Leising: basement dweller still stuck on stupid.

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

I'd SAY 5 Points or Montbello - as ALL I hear Blacks saying to each other is 'Nigga This & Nigga that" - ALL the TIME !!!

Mary Calvert Jean
Mary Calvert Jean

Jackie Minor, isn't that impugning on her opinion? I'm curious to understand the difference between your comments and the ones by others where you said they were "impugning" and it was "a form of racism".

Jackie Minor
Jackie Minor

Good job on attempting to water down the racism!

Jackie Minor
Jackie Minor

Keep looking in the mirror and you'll keep being amazed... And ignorant and racist. Bye Felecia. You're beneath me.

Zach Carsel
Zach Carsel

Aren't you trying to impugn other opinions by implying that if someone says something you disagree with they must feel guilty? Hypocrisy is amazing to watch.

Mallory French
Mallory French

Publish current data please. This article is over a year old.

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

Here I come as spokesperson for the coolest state in the nation, people are different here. The n map is deceptive as to Coloradoans intentions with use of the n word. In the Denver area, the 'n" word has morphed into a substitute for bro or homey... I hear youth of every color using it with youths of every other color. Brown youths say it to white who say it to black who say it to asian, it's a slang term for all of them. If you don't believe me, hang out in a big skate park for a day, maybe a super diverse park like the one off of 20th and I-25. You will hear the n word but it will immediately become apparent that it is not used in a racist context. Not to say that Colorado has no racists, we probably do but unlike Georgia, Ferguson or other bastions of hate, Colorado is focused on the good life and that is what we do best. That's my 2 cents. Take it or leave it.

George Van Der Volgen
George Van Der Volgen

Moved west from New York in part due to the terrible attitudes amongst most folks. This depicts exactly what I was experiencing and observing. It's not just hate, it's negative attitudes in general. Hard to live around.

Brian Young
Brian Young

John, maybe you should take a look at Almost All Aliens by Paul Spickard before you make such an ignorant statement. http://www.amazon.com/Almost-All-Aliens-Immigration-Colonialism/dp/0415935938 There is no racism against white people in the US, but there can be prejudice. And those two things are very different. Just because you believe/ want to believe something, doesn't mean it's true. Do some reading, and take a class or two in ethnic studies.

Desarae Nicole Buchanan
Desarae Nicole Buchanan

All of which are Bible Belt states (For the most part) have you ever lived in any of those states? Or are you just being a instigator? Well I have lived all up and down the east coast so eat \U0001f4a9...

Jackie Minor
Jackie Minor

And attempting to impugn ones right to their opinion simply because you don't agree with it is a subtle form of racism but I digress simply because I refuse to steal with ignorant people.

Zach Carsel
Zach Carsel

Just pointing out hypocrisy which is worse than racism, IMO.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Check out Jonah defending racism. It's 2014 bud, join us....

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Did you miss the map? Try the entire east coast...

Johnny Quesada
Johnny Quesada

You got it wrong in Wyoming, dummy. That's Nebraska.

JohnnyDeadwolf
JohnnyDeadwolf

The red in the third to last picture is not Wyoming, buddy. That's Nebraska. In fact, there is NO red in Wyoming.

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

Funny you mention this since it was whites, themselves, who came up with racist terms for whites. So full of hate, they'd carry it around with them even whilst gawking in the bathroom mirror.

Russell Lopez
Russell Lopez

The whole Gulf States should be on fire with red!

Russell Lopez
Russell Lopez

Looks like there's no racism in FL? Yeah right

Jackie Minor
Jackie Minor

This story is not about you guys. It's about hate for blacks. Quit being selfish. It's just an article about the BS that is targeted at a race that's not yours. Perhaps the article struck a nerve with you for a reason. The guilty dog always barks the loudest...

John Eckman
John Eckman

"Study" shows no racist term for whites. Racism against whites not possible according to people who promote racism.

Nandrolone
Nandrolone

How neat! Imagine the possibilities now that Google and NASA are buying a quantum computer! "Let's take a blast to the moon baby"...Godsmack...me plaease

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Interesting ...the San Luis Valley -- Alamosa -- has a homophobic bent ... but off to the right in "Liberal" Kansas it's boiling hot.

Let's see an overlay for Religiousness / Catholicism for correlation.


rhot9839
rhot9839

Now when you say "Southern Wyoming" for the N word you really mean Nebraska right? Because Cheyenne, pretty much the east line of the state, has no color over it for that graphic.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@rhot9839  ... Mikey is as geographically challenged as he is mathematically challenged ... that's why he chose journalism.

Up in the panhandle of Nebraska, they have 128 eighths in an ounce.


dfuui33
dfuui33

@rhot9839 That's because apparently being racist against white people isn't being racist. If they actually added that to the map, it would block out all other data. What total hypocritical bullshit.

Nandrolone
Nandrolone

@DonkeyHotay @dfuui33 The STRONG arms take from the WEAK minds and bodies, but the SMART ones are swift in twisting up the STRONG with the silk of their own webs.

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