In an academic research study at Humboldt State University in California, Dr. Monica Stephens created a series of US geographic maps that marked the origin locations of tweets containing hateful terminology from June 2012 – April 2013. Over 150,000 tweets were drawn from the DOLLY project (based at the University of Kentucky). The data were used to generate a heat map that illustrates the frequency of hateful tweets relative to all tweets over space.
One of the most interested notes is that bigots appear to prefer certain hateful terms regionally. For example, there are different “preferred slurs” depending on where in the country the offender lives. This illustrates that the culture of hate itself has multicultural variance – which is an irony that is certainly lost on the offenders.
Read more about the research and methods behind this project at www.FloatingSheep.org.
This map was built on the Google Maps API.
Hate heat-map with tabs: http://users.humboldt.edu/mstephens/hate/hate_map.html#
Study authors provide method and details: http://www.floatingsheep.org/2013/05/hatemap.html