Oh wait, OF COURSE YOU WILL.
As Barack Obama was re-elected on Tuesday (and in the time since), Twitter exploded with victory comments from Obama supporters, respectful “Thanks for being our candidate” tweets from Romney supporters, and something else. What was it? Oh yeah, HORRIBLE RACIST NONSENSE.
As a Jezebel post pointed out some of these expressions of racism, the people at Floating Sheep, a site “dedicated to mapping and analyzing user generated geocoded data,” decided to see where some of these tweets were coming from. Now, it is pretty important to point out that this data only counts tweets that used certain words, like “monkey” or the N-word, AND ALSO contain the text “Obama” or “reelected” or “won.” Under those criteria, there is plenty of room for tons of other racist tweets to fall through the cracks, including those that call the President by another name, don’t use his name at all, or spell his name wrong. For example, we found a whole bunch of tweets that just used the N-word, and the phrase “Four more years” or “White house” or “President” that are really too vile and disgusting to be repeated by anyone. Those tweets were not tracked by Floating Sheep.
As the map above (interactive version here) shows, our area was not immune to these tweets, but most of them are focused in (no duh) Red States. The map is laid out like this: “The location of individual tweets (indicated by red dots) are overlaid on color coded states. Yellow shading indicates states that have a relatively lower amount of post-election hate tweets (compared to their overall tweeting patterns) and all states shaded in green have a higher amount. The darker the green color the higher the location quotient measure for hate.”
So … surprising? No. Awful? Yes. We’re a little surprised at the light-yellow color of PA, but that just really means the percentage of racist tweets was pretty low compared to overall tweets. Plus, Pennsyltucky racists (and racists in general) aren’t exactly known for the spelling prowess. You can read more over at Floating Sheep.