A group of academics and Humboldt State students have produced a heat map of which U.S. cities use slurs most on Twitter, and there’s bad news and good news for Washington. The bad: Washington-area residents send more bigoted tweets per capita than the study’s average. The good: Those tweeters are only slightly more bigoted.
Take the above map of racial slurs, which shows a lightly blue Washington. (Meanwhile, what’s Charlottesville’s problem?) Or the map below, showing homophobic slurs:
Student researchers went through the tweets to eliminate “positive” uses of the slurs, according to the academics blogging at Floating Sheep.