A Map of Racist Tweets About President Obama's Re-election (Mississippi & Alabama Lead the Pack)
The website Floating Sheep has produced a fascinating rundown on the racist tweets after election day:
During the day after the 2012 presidential election we took note of a spike in hate speech on Twitter referring to President Obama's re-election, as chronicled by Jezebel (thanks to Chris Van Dyke for bringing this our attention). 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. ... [W]e wanted to see how this type of hate speech overlaid on physical space.
FloatingSheep reports that Alabama and Mississippi lead the pack, and that bordering states, like Georgia were runners up, while the West Coast and the Northeast had a comparatively much smaller number. Visit FloatingSheep for a more detailed analysis.