And One Of the Most Racist Places in America Is
All of southern New Jersey is “much more racist than average” while North Jersey is “more racist than average,” according to a new study released by the journal PLOS ONE.
The study analyzed the frequency of Google searches for the N word across the United States. The results showed the South and urban areas in the Northeast as the runaway leaders for racism.
On the map, a swath of red, indicating much more racist than average, covers all of southern New Jersey, all of Delaware, and most of Pennsylvania. All of northern New Jersey is in the tan zone, indicating more racist than average.
Racism isn’t an easy thing to measure.
Data scientist Seth Stephens Davidowitz said simply asking people if they’re racist reveals false results because they tend to self censor themselves.cheap nfl jerseys If asked if they’re racist, most people will simply say no, he said.
But their Google searches tell a different story, said Stephens Davidowitz, who previously analyzed Internet searches for a paper measuring the effect of racist attitudes on Barack Obama’s electoral prospects.
Stephens Davidowitz and his research team looked at searches containing the N word, which they found occurred about as often as searches for non racist terms like “migraine(s),” “economist,” “sweater,” “Daily Show” and “Lakers.”
“Google data, evidence suggests, are unlikely to suffer from major social censoring,” he wrote in a previous paper. “Google searchers are online and likely alone, both of which make it easier to express socially taboo thoughts. Individuals, indeed, note that they are unusually forthcoming with Google.”
The study, however, was not merely a census of national racism. It’s titled “Association between an Internet Based Measure of Area Racism and Black Mortality.”
The findings indicate, perhaps unsurprisingly, that there is a higher mortality rate for African Americans in areas that are racist.
“Models further examining cause specific Black mortality rates revealed significant associations with heart disease, cancer, and stroke,” the study states. “These findings are congruent with studies documenting the deleterious impact of racism on health among Blacks”
Racist hot spots on the map stretch through most of Appalachia, from Kentucky through West Virginia, Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and New York State. It branches off and continues across Pennsylvania and all of South Jersey and Delaware. There are isolated spots in eastern Texas, northwest Florida, Georgia, and Michigan, but the bulk is concentrated in a single belt.
The western half of the country is almost entirely blue, indicating “less than average” and “much less than average” levels of racism.
This accuracy of this map and the study is reinforced by its similarity to Humboldt State University’s map of racist Tweets.
The study was published on April 24, hours before protests erupted in Baltimore over alleged police brutality against African Americans.
Experiences of racial bias have underpinned recent protests across the country, from Ferguson, MO, to Baltimore, MD. President Obama said this week that it’s up to Americans to bridge the divide. What can you personally do to change the culture?