A group of researchers from the Floating Sheep Project have geotagged racist, homophobic and ableist tweets (tweets directed towards disabled people) from around the country in-between 2012 and 2013. They have plotted their findings on interactive maps, shown here. They also break up each category by specific words and have sifted through them to make sure the words are actually used in negative connotations. The findings are interesting and correlate, for example, it shows that the term “Wetback” is primarily only found in Texas where the immigration issue is more prominent.
What do you think? Does this sound about right? Are you surprised by the findings?