Missouri Hate Tweets: State Has High Rates of Homophobia, Racism, N-Word Usage (MAPS)

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Areas with a high concentration of N-word tweets.
Compared to many other states in the country, Missouri has a high concentration of racist, homophobic tweets that include offensive, hateful language. And the tweeters are located all over the state.

So says a neat new interactive map called the Geography of Hate, which analyzes geocoded tweets that use the N-word, "fag," "homo" and other "hate words" from June of last year through April of 2013.

In some categories, Missouri appears to be one of the worst in the country. Hooray!

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The map comes from an academic project of California's Humboldt State University, where researcher Monica Stephens cataloged all the hateful tweets in the country over the last year, within certain parameters. The map only includes tweets that human researchers read and confirmed to be explicitly negative.

The team found over 150,000 of these hate tweets.

"We think that 150,000 is a sufficiently large number to be quite depressed about the state of bigotry in our country," the researcher writes in an explanation of the methodology.

The research was limited by tweets that include location geocodes.

First, let's take a look at where Missouri falls on the map.

Here are all the racist tweets in the country:

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Homophobic tweets in the country:

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And FYI, the scale here:

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As you can see, Missouri's got a lot of red.

And this is not the first time researchers have called out Missouri for having a high concentration of derogatory tweets relative to other states.

A map of racist tweets after the presidential election last year showed that Missouri joined the ranks with some Southern states in being one of the worst. Researchers than said that Mississippi and Alabama had the highest scores, and Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee followed behind. Behind that group was North Dakota, Utah and Missouri.

Here's that map showing the spike in hate-tweets in response to Barack Obama's reelection, with Missouri near the top.

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But where in Missouri are these hateful tweets most prevalent?

Continue for more maps showing Missouri regions with the most racist and homophobic tweets -- and which offensive words they use most often.



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jblow55555
jblow55555

You liberals are frightening.  I know you're going to commit genocide.  You never stop finding reasons to hate.

jblow55555
jblow55555

People wouldn't hate you guys so much if you stopped your Witch Hunts.  Do you think this map has made more people hate you?   It has.  Do you know why, you nobrain libs?

 Because human beings don't like totalitarians.  They like to have their own thoughts and opinions.

James Madison
James Madison

Personally, the only place I heard racial and gay name calling is downtown Saint Louis, especially in the CWE. When I'm out in the rural parts of the state, it is all respectful and friendly. Urban liberals do the worse name-calling.

Steven Lucas
Steven Lucas

Who is severely drunk on donkey fluid to make such a stupid map?

Travis Cook
Travis Cook

It would be interesting to see the complete list of so-called "hate words" that they used in their study. (The story did give some examples, but not an entire list. It would be interesting to see if the list is slanted toward so-called "hate" of certain groups, while ignoring the "hate" of other groups. It's been my experience that when a Liberal news source discusses "hate speech" or "hate crimes" that it's a pretty one-way street as far as their definitions go--I'd be interested to see if that's the case here or not). All of that being said, I don't see the big deal about this map--I'm a free-speech guy, and if somebody, somewhere wants to make a racist statement on Twitter, I think they ought to be able to do it. I'd rather the racists be up front about who they are and what they believe rather than trying to hide it and then just undermine people behind their backs. And besides, while I'm no fan of racism, I don't believe that racism is "the single worst thing about America ever" the way that most Libs tend to think of it.

Keith Stephens
Keith Stephens

I would like a map of total twitter activity to compare to. Also, wouldn't counting hateful twitter accounts be more accurate than counting total tweets?

Jay Brandt
Jay Brandt

Is it a coincidence that most are also Tea Party strongholds

Erica Chicoineau
Erica Chicoineau

Someone at RFT has a little too much time on their hands!

Ron Lane
Ron Lane

It is a hatred condition. Hatred of others and of oneself.

Adam Usher
Adam Usher

It's like the RFT likes to stir up shit. Why don't you stick to real news.

Steve Nelson
Steve Nelson

Feeling pretty certain that there's no urban slang in that big red region from Rolla down to Van Buren.

Linda Schwiggy
Linda Schwiggy

If you look at the population centers on the "racist" tweet heat map, I don't think the "familiarity" argument stands. Additionally, consider that "spirtit and intent" can only be guaged to the extent that an algorithm can be written. Again, consider the context. It's not a scientific study. Only one to generate conversation.

Linda Schwiggy
Linda Schwiggy

Then maybe they should stop, Andee. I think that's part of the point.

Vince Walker
Vince Walker

Not being funny, but did they check all of the tweets if the N word was used in an endearing or degrading way before they added the data? I will have to read the article later.

Andee Rose Shymama Gagliano
Andee Rose Shymama Gagliano

that might be a lil biased (in the STL area) b/c i know a lot of black ppl who use that word to replace "homey" or "bro." :)

qerzey
qerzey

This is sad...why so much hate?! We need to love each other <3 Look past stereotypes and generalizations toward certain people. Find flaws in each of us and realize that we are all imperfect and work together to fix it...

Kelly Kaufmann
Kelly Kaufmann

Umm Steve look at the link I provided which shows California has a mixed political representation. So we provide stats and you're providing - what exactly besides unsupported crazy statements?

Donna Torchwood
Donna Torchwood

won't read the article but it hurts to know that my beloved state has to stoop to such ignorance and hatred. Get over it people.

Ron Lane
Ron Lane

Would u call out your friends if they were to use this word in front of you, John?

Ron Lane
Ron Lane

As a native Texan, but longtime resident of Missouri, I am embarrassed and ashamed of both states, that I call home! But, I am not surprised by Missouri. I am surprised moreso, of my homestate of Texas.

Ron Lane
Ron Lane

Or that u know of. U have non black friends that use that use that word. They just may not use it in front of u. I call out black friends and relatives that use that word, which I utterly despise! I have even called out strangers, but I guarantee there are people of all races who wouldnt do this.

Bryan Berger
Bryan Berger

Welcome to the south. Does anyone care what St.Louis thinks? The highlight of their city is half a carousel that they SWEAR is the "gateway to the west", baseball, & 2 streets of bars. KILL YOURSELF.

Kelly Kaufmann
Kelly Kaufmann

Steve - exactly what accuracy is *mostly* in your claim?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

and saying california is "mixed" poltically is a riot. and you probably stopped looking because it showed illinois...home to messiah obama...pretty high on that list.

Kenneth Snyder
Kenneth Snyder

This is the group that will start a comment with "I'm not racist, but" followed by something incredibly racist. Having known some of these people all my life, I don't think it's necessarily malice as much as ignorance. If they don't grow up in a diverese community, they do not fully understand others outside that community. Sometimes you just have to give them the hard truth. I even think it's fair to say to someone, "I believe that you're not racist, but what you said is and here's why." As long as the tone is civil, they may even accept what you're saying.

Kenneth Snyder
Kenneth Snyder

Seth, you doknow that there are Conservatives who are not racist, right? That type of rhetoric is one of the barriers to helpful dialogue in this country.

Kenneth Snyder
Kenneth Snyder

Keith, I appreciate that. However, if two intelligent people from opposite sides talked to each other in a mature and rational manner, they would be surprised at how much they actually agree. Both sides have created divisions where they absolutely hate people on the otherside. I've seen friendships and even marriages wrecked over this. I also believe in what you said about an educated point of view. I believe that being more educated makes it easier for you to be open minded, empathize with other points of view, and allow your views to evolve over time. I know that I as grow older, I view some things differently than I did when I first identified myself as liberal almost 20 years ago. The more we have inteilligent and mature conversations with each other, the more we see all of the nuance in between.

Kelly McBeath
Kelly McBeath

9 years ago when I moved here from Chicago I was stunned at how stereotypical, racist, and cliquey this town is. 9 years later I'm used to it and just laugh at the ignorance.

Keith Siatkowski
Keith Siatkowski

Damn Kenneth. If you consider yourself liberal, then I guarantee that I disagree with most of your political views. But I have to say, kudos to you sir. All of those slurs are just lazy ways of arguing without actually debating an issue. As for racial slurs, my conservative and liberal friends don't even think that way. I find that those are used by folks who don't have the ability to absorb knowledge and articulate a point of view.

Jacob DeVore
Jacob DeVore

Hey, check out all the black folks using the n-word down in SEMO. /sarcasm

Angela Sheldon
Angela Sheldon

It does not surprise me that St. Charles has the most racist people and ofallon mo has the most homophobes. I lived there for a short time and could not believe how many racist people are there. It's just sad and discusting.

Joseph Denicola
Joseph Denicola

Yeah, im surprised, because people need to stop being hateful and racist, and except that we're ALL here together in the world. It's 2013, ridiculous people STILL have issues like this. Would love to smack these particular people in the face!!!!!!

Margaret Booker
Margaret Booker

Not surprised, wish this were not true. Those I know in the Columbia, MO, 14-18 demographic use the n-word regularly and are shocked to hear that others hear this a racist.

Martienne Cotter
Martienne Cotter

The area shown in blue near STL is predominantly black. That's not hate speech if they're using the N word. The area in red? Well.....I already knew that. Typically, well-educated people don't spew hate.

jblow55555
jblow55555

@Jay Brandt What are you going to do, Jay?  Kill the Tea Party members?

jblow55555
jblow55555

@Ron Lane they're embarrassed for you too, bigot.

jblow55555
jblow55555

@Bryan Berger Or maybe you'll do it for them, huh, Bryan Berger, the tolerant enlightened liberal?

jblow55555
jblow55555

@Martienne Cotter well, well, aren't we superior, Martienne Cotter?

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