Interactive Heat Map Shows Where Hate Tweets Come From In The USA


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.

Homophobic Tweets

Homophobic Tweets

Racist Tweets

Racist Tweets

What do you think?  Does this sound about right?  Are you surprised by the findings?


5 responses to “Interactive Heat Map Shows Where Hate Tweets Come From In The USA

  1. It’s nice to see that where I live is completely clear. Thanks for the info, I know I’ve chosen a magical place.
    Blessings to you and yours…

  2. This is really interesting. I guess I’m not surprised at the distribution. If there was something like this done for Canada, I think I could pretty well pick the areas with the highest concentrations. Who says culture doesn’t play a part?

  3. I am not surprised by the findings. After traveling the states and living in several I found these same areas to be the most racist and homophobic. Did you notice the darkest areas are also referred to as the Bible Belt?

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