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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15 comments
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.

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Couldn't help but notice that you omitted "cracker" and "redneck" from your list of approved racist words.

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

I hear fag used about 5+ times a day...and it is never used as a homosexual reference. In 10 years people will forget fag was ever a homosexual reference.

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

@Steven M Palmer don't forget honkey, wonder bread, snow white, Casper, snowflake, whitetrash, trailer trash, low life :) :) :)******

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Steven M Palmer = born into a poor white family

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Aaron LeForce ... they even smoke 'em in London

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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