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UGLY INTERACTIVE

Racist Election Tweets Came From South

Geographers have put together an unsettling interactive map of the racist states of America, tracking a slew of bigoted speech on Twitter following President Obama’s reelection. Hate speech and tweets calling the president a monkey came primarily from the Southeast, according to the map, and were heavily concentrated in Mississippi and Alabama. The research group that charted the tweets said they are a “useful reminder that technology reflects the society in which it is based, both the good and the bad.”

November 9, 2012 11:52 AM