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KY Ranked 12 in Racist Tweeting After Obama's Reelection

Twitter users from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, following the reelection of President Barack Obama, sent out the twelfth-most racist tweets in the country. From Floating Sheep:

It is a useful reminder that technology reflects the society in which it is based, both the good and the bad.  Information space is not divorced from everyday life and racism extends into the geoweb and helps shapes its contours; and in turn, data from the geoweb can be used to reflect the geographies of racist practice back onto the places from which they emerged.

Using DOLLY we collected all the geocoded tweets from the last week (beginning November 1) with racist terms that also reference the election in order to understand how these everyday acts of explicit racism are spatially distributed. Given the nature of these search terms, we've buried the details at the bottom of this post in a footnote.

The site explains its analysis process and more: Floating Sheep.

Kentucky scored a 1.9, placing the state in a tie for twelfth most racist tweets with Arkansas, Wisconsin, and Colorado. Alabama scored the highest with an 8.1 ranking with Mississippi in second with a score of 7.4.

Looking at the map, it appears that tweets in Kentucky were collected from the larger population centers of Louisville, Lexington, and Covington/Northern Kentucky.