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The Racism Map

I think one question  always comes to mind when studying  racism and bigotry in the US–who is it that’s being racist or a bigot? Because it seems that everyone seems to be complaining from being a victim of hatred, racism, and bigotry. so who exactly is doing the offending here?

One interesting interactive map which resulted from an en masse twitter data collection caught my eye and shed a little light on that question. It was conducted by the folks over at Humboldt University and it’s titled “Geography of Hate”.

They measured how often specific hateful keywords were used on twitter through twitter’s streaming API, and they even downloaded the locations of those tweets, then plotted on an US map based on the collected data. They only went down to the county level, but hey that’s pretty damn good – it might be a little too inappropriate to see the data all the way down to the street level.

So if you want to take a look at what this awesome group did and explore the interactive map, visit it here or copy and paste this link.

http://users.humboldt.edu/mstephens/hate/hate_map.html

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Joseph A.E. Shaheen
Computational Social Scientist. Former Consultant. I fought ISIS/ISIL/Daesh in my own way. Livin' life in Washington, DC
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  • Martina Martucci
    Apr 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I’m guessing the gray areas up there don’t have enough Twitter traction to register. How sad to see so much red. What year is it again? People are missing out by being so narrow-minded.

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