Google: Most Racist Places in America
Private searches make it easy to express taboo thoughts
Where do America’s most racist people live? “The rural Northeast and South,” suggests a new study just published in PLOS ONE.
The paper introduces a novel but makes-tons-of-sense-when-you-think-about-it method for measuring the incidence of racist attitudes: Google search data. The methodology comes from data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. He’s used it before to measure the effect of racist attitudes onBarack Obama’s electoral prospects.
My Comments: I must say that I was a bit surprised by the map, but nonetheless not saddened. Also checkout this heat map from Humboldt University