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Racist Tweets in North Dakota following the election
November 14, 2012 - Andrea Johnson
Here's a rather unsavory factoid: North Dakota – specifically the Minot area – had more racist Tweets following last week's election than many other parts of the country.
That's according to a site called www.floatingsheep.org, which created a map of the country showing where the most racist comments on Twitter originated. The site recorded 395 racist Tweets in all, narrowed down their location to each state and factored in the total number of Tweets that were coming from the same general location around the time of the election. They analyzed the data using a "location quotient inspired measure" and assigned each state a score. A 1.0 indicated a low number of racist Tweets; a score above 1 showed a higher than average number of racist Tweets. North Dakota's score was a 3.5, not as high as Mississippi, which scored a 7.4, or Alabama, which scored an 8.1, but not as low as states in the northeast and on the West coast. The site did note that North Dakota has a pretty low number of total Tweets and all of the racist Tweets might have come from just one person or several, so it might not be representative. The entry can be found at (http://www.floatingsheep.org/2012/11/mapping-racist-tweets-in-response-to.html)
I'm not sure what qualified as hate speech for purposes of the study, but it sounds like it included pretty vile language, including the "N" word. Personally, I am ashamed of the cretins from North Dakota who posted these Tweets. They are not representative of this state or this community and ought to be told so in no uncertain terms. Regardless of your political leanings, racism of this sort is not acceptable in a civilized society.
If nothing else, the map at this site shows that there are still a lot of racist fools in the United States.
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