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The Geography of U.S. Hate, Mapped Using Twitter
May 20th, 2013
12:37 PM ET

The Geography of U.S. Hate, Mapped Using Twitter

By Matt Peckham, TIME

(TIME) - Skim the zoomed-out surface of Humboldt State University’s alarming “Hate Map” and you’ll encounter angry clouds of bright red framed by smears of gloomy blue, as if some giant freak storm were raining down hell across the the United States.

What you’re looking at is actually a map created by pairing Google‘s Maps API with a hailstorm of homophobic, racist and other prejudicial tweets. It’s part of a project overseen by Humboldt State University professor Dr. Monica Stephens, who, along with a team of undergraduate researchers, wanted to test for geographic relationships to hate speech.

Above the map, the words “homophobic,” “racist” and “disability” define alternate “hate storm” views, each describing a range of highly offensive terms. Click on the keywords or any of their subcategories and the map shifts, the splotches reorganizing to reflect occurrences of the selected term: Bright red areas describe the “most hate,” while light blue ones describe “some hate.”

Creating a map like this is essentially about data-plotting: In this case, HSU says the data was derived from “every geocoded tweet in the United States from June 2012 – April 2013″ that contained keywords related to hate speech. How’d HSU collect all of that Twitter data? Through DOLLY, a University of Kentucky project that maps social media according to geography, allowing researchers to then comb through the data for patterns or correlations. But what about tweets that used the keywords in a positive (that is, “critical of them”) sense? HSU’s researchers read through the tweets manually, categorizing each as positive, neutral or negative — the map only displays the tweets categorized as negative.

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  1. naut4u

    Native American here! I believe it to be a complete hypocritical situation that a "television show " has engulfed anyone's time. Having said that! Peace. :-)

    May 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SnottyNozeBratt

    why woud you define it as a majority and minority? Mistreatment isn't mistreatment? White people have no monopoly on mistreatment. Bogus cr pola to say that. Did the whites take advantage of the first asian imigrants? Yes. Did the first asian immigrants brutely murder, terrorize and preform attrocities on the first whites: yes. We all do it. Stop believing any foolishness to the contrary.

    May 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Shiz

      Look,you can go by the real definition of racism(witch I describe). Or you can say anyone can be racist(witch I also say). The worst atrocities ever commeted against any culture or race happened against native Americans. Now I don't know what you think I seid but anyone can be evil. And stop thinking you know what I believe in.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. UndertheBridge

    Wrote an informative paragraph...but of course CNN deleted it. You are right. The editor has an agenda.

    May 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Shiz

    Ok its obvious when the editor deletes some of my comments and leaves others he's trying to make me look bad. You got to have a agenda to try to manipulate what someone seid. Its sad because I wanted to talk to aniyunweah but the editor has a agenda.

    May 21, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. AniyunweahCherokee

    Whats a racist? Whats racism mean? Go on...dooooo tell Mr shiz

    May 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Shiz

      Well the definition of racism is oppression or mistreatment of a minority race by a majority race. To me anyone can be racist.There are a lot of natives in the city I'm from and non of us a sell out red bone conservatives like you. Most black people are part native but your ignorant a s s wouldn't know that. Your not a warrior your a coward.

      May 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • AniyunweahCherokee

      No you don't shiz. Did you even realize black Americans are being excommunicated from tribes because they claim to have been here first....well here the crappy news for both of us...no you werent here before the Mongols....but when you were freed by the 3% of the population that enslaved your ancestors my people would take you in and raise you...we did that with white people constantly as well shiz...thats where I came from...the English made the Irish live amongst the natives or work for nothing in the cities or picking sugar cane for slave owners in the virgin islands .problem for the English is that the natives and Irish got along very well and had kids together and exchanged cultures.

      May 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      That explains why so many black s have Irish sounding names.

      May 21, 2013 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. AniyunweahCherokee

    Korean and Indian are NATIONALITIES and are in fact not races ...Koreans would be Asians as well east Indians from India are asians...the ENTIRE race debate is officially over until the left figures out that they are george soros' useful idiots. Here's a twister for you....Anglo Hibernians are not caucasions....have fun using your brain

    May 20, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. AniyunweahCherokee

    Youd also find the most love in said areas due to it being the Bible Belt....God united the south and appalachia...not multiculturalistic BS!!! I see right through your writing...I know exactly what your REAL intentions are...southerners are white racists...hmmm...what about all those black folk hmm? The non religious whites and blacks must be doing all the hating. FYI Columbia SC is majority black...umm its the state capital. And it flys a flag that plays on bonnie blue right under your uneducated liberal brains...

    May 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Shiz

      While it rides the average republican is way less educated than the average democrat.(look it up Mr moderator hater)

      May 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • AniyunweahCherokee

        Whats a republican? See there you go toughting your alinsky arguments that have no bearing on me. I'm not politically affiliated other than my clan elders...but I can see a demoncrat for what it is everytime....a communist. I'm also very very male and human so therefore definatly not a bit ch.

        May 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • AniyunweahCherokee

        Less alinsky Columbia type education? My friend those are lies...now go hunt the tribe some venisen...o wait you don't know how? O wait you need govt to help you I forgot.

        May 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • AniyunweahCherokee

        And shiz..Bonnie blue is the flag of the confederacy(native American concept) and it flys on top of the sc capital building. When the yanks tried to get sc to remove the stars and bars(battle flag only) the wonderful black and white southerners got together and played this little joke on the rest of the nation. Hows that education working out for you?

        May 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Big Shiz

        Your heart is female and you follow dogs so your defiantly a bit ch.

        May 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Big Shiz

        Btw,I hunt everything.

        May 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • AniyunweahCherokee

      Obama, van Jones, Eric holder YEs communist as it gets you'll see in the next few years when they do the big reveal. George soros owns your media. Don't need to say anymore. Yes hes Muslim...and unfortunately when an African runs to Allah he runs right back into his slavers arms. Abraham of ur and Hagar the egypti had a son born out of sin to a married woman engaged in Christ wedlock named (ISHMAEL) that is Muhammads bloodline...I know enough about the suras and taqayia to know that that religion (as malcolm x followed it) is nothing but satan worship. Or thunderbird worship. Or rainbow serpent worship. Its all the same...satan doesn't care what you call him.

      May 20, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AniyunweahCherokee

    This is a joke right?

    May 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |