We're #1 in Twitter Hate! Report Says OC is Region With Highest Number of Racist/Homophobic Tweets in America

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All I know about Humboldt State is that it's a stoner campus--wait, that's Chico State. Or is it Sonoma State? To be honest with you, I have no idea who or what is a Humboldt State. But they've gained in Internet prominence in the past couple of years for something called the Geography of Hate, an aggregation of tweets containing racist and homophobic slurs then mapped out to show a concentration of hate based on geography.

When I first saw the report, I noticed our beloved Orange County had no seeming ranking on the list. But I overlooked the fine print, because it turns out we're the capital of racist and homophobic tweets in America--POUND SAND, ALABAMA.

The cause for the discrepancy? "Hateful tweets were aggregated to the county level and then normalized by the total number of tweets in each county," the report states. "This then shows a comparison of places with disproportionately high amounts of a particular hate word relative to all tweeting activity. For example, Orange County, California has the highest absolute number of tweets mentioning many of the slurs, but because of its significant overall Twitter activity, such hateful tweets are less prominent and therefore do not appear as prominently on our map."

In other words, there are many haters here, more haters per number than anywhere else in the country, but they're being increasingly drowned out by the Reconquista. Double win for us--and, as always, stay classy, OC!

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sgbrown10
sgbrown10

gustavo yes the haters will eventually leave and then oc will be another ciuidad juarez,

Robert R. Mercer
Robert R. Mercer

But the percentage is so small it is not statistically significant compared to Texas.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

And to think, I left SoHo for this ... can I have a redo?

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

Art is right, American Third Person (Westminster), California Coalition for Immigration Reform (Huntington Beach), Institute of Historical Review/Revisionism (Fountain Valley). I'm sure there is more Home Land Security is tracking.

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

Stymie the only way a White Person is impacted by being racist is public outrage, getting fired or losing customers. Otherwise it doesn't impacted at all. But racism the other direction, hmmm let me count the ways.... That is what you call White Supremacy.

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

Hate is a strong word. Dislike maybe? Maybe its because upper middle class OC'ers are told to be concerned about bullsh*t while city employees enrich themselves?

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

Spoken like a clueless White Man, yikes. Many Whites have no problem saying "Black People do this..." but expect to be treated as individuals in comparison. Hmmmm

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

Oh c'mon, while there is a "poor" and "working clasgs" in OC, the truth is, there's a ton of Red Lining going on in Orange County. When you have money you can afford to be subtle with your bigotry. On top of that counties massive budgets somehow magically end up in crony contractors pockets. OC already went bankrupt once, that time it was fiscally, could morality be next???

jkakajodig
jkakajodig

I'm unfortunately not shocked by this news.  I observed a lot of racist and homophobic behavior growing up in Orange County.  I always hoped things would change here, much more rapidly than what is actually happening.

GericaultCM
GericaultCM

Well, what do you expect we have UCI.....

Minerva Magdalena
Minerva Magdalena

Racist and Homophobic Imbeciles Do Exist. However, As Always The Accomplished Dexterous Citizens of OC Clearly Demonstrate They Shall Not Be Bothered with feeble minds.

Ryan Sharpe
Ryan Sharpe

Your argument is akin to standing in the middle of a hurricane and saying a leaky faucet is what's REALLY causing the house to flood.

Sergio Olmos
Sergio Olmos

for prose sake, can we get away from "stay classy"

Stymie Logan
Stymie Logan

Well there was a racist facebook post just put out there by the OC weekly noless...according to the criteria of the study, looking for keywords rather than context. Congrats OC Weekly! You just made the OC just THAT much more racist...you bunch of bigots.

Stymie Logan
Stymie Logan

Damn straight, stupid white people running around stereotyping people, because everybody knows white people are the only race capable of being racist right? Something should be done about them white people, right Ryan? Because they totally announced in the study that every single one of those tweets was sent out by a rich spoiled white kid from Tustin right?

Stymie Logan
Stymie Logan

Ah yeah, you know how those white people are Brennan...all this racism and stereotyping is just depressing. If only we could just find some final solution for all these white people, then there would be no more racism amiright?

Stymie Logan
Stymie Logan

So if I tweet something out pointing out Art Guevara's complete nonsensical bunch of gibberish...would that be considered by this study to be a "racist" tweet?

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

C'mon, Nelson. They don't just hate the white middle to upper class in OC. They hate cops, too.

Ray Man Wut
Ray Man Wut

Small fact of humn nature. No matter who is in charge, they will alienate those that are different.

Ray Man Wut
Ray Man Wut

So hating on people of color is wrong but hating on whites is ok.....way to be hypocritical weekly

NGCoot
NGCoot

It's Gustavo's fault - he brings out the best in people.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

There's a lot of racist Mexis, too!

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

We do, but nice to see you don't notice!

MaherSawaf
MaherSawaf

to be fair to Orange County and give it the credits it deserves. I came from a  place if compared to OC you would find that the type of Racism, Homophobia and hatred exist here is just a joke!

Ryan Sharpe
Ryan Sharpe

Completely unsurprised. You've got the White Enclave with tons of disposable income and leisure time. Rednecks don't have the requisite technology (smartphones, etc.) and IEers are stuck in traffic/at work.

Ralph Acosta
Ralph Acosta

Not surprising here. As a former resident of South Orange County's lovely gated community, Coco de Kaka (yes, that's Real Housewife country, folks)...racist-homophobic language was par for the course. My mega-churchy neighbors constantly confused me for either the gardener, or, get a load of this, the 'caretaker' of our McShitBox house!

Jairo Aguilar
Jairo Aguilar

Hahaha. There has always been pendejos here, now they just have smartphones.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Of course, the 'study' is one sided. They started of by looking for slurs against Obama, but somehow didn't look for slurs against Romney. And 'gabacho' doesn't seem to be on their list of hate words either.

Brennan King
Brennan King

The most disturbing thing about that is that it's probably the young people who are tweeting. This is how kids are being raised here. Rich, white kids. The future Romneys of America. Depressing as hell.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

"In other words, there are many haters here, more haters per number than anywhere else in the country"

Even buying into the 'hate' paradigm, that's not what the sentence quote says, at least if you mean 'per capita' [wtf is 'per number'].   It says 'level of twitter activity'. It is entirely possible, even likely, that there are more people 'on' twitter, and they 'Tweet' more, in an urbanized, fairly affluent place like Orange County than in Alabama. The quote from the report totals all of that of that together, number of tweeters, volume of activity per tweeter. Not related 1 to 1 with the county's population or the number of 'haters'.

And the clause about the 'Reconquista' is a total non-sequitur. Look like Jason Richwine is right on the money.

EA Prieto
EA Prieto

The OC Reg's commenters must be proud.

Rico Lozano
Rico Lozano

...we've got a Higher Class of Racist/Homophobe here in the OC than the IE, Amy...

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Hmm, there's more gay people here than alabama so of course there's going to be more people who dislike them. Bet there's more antiblack tweets in bama because of more blacks there. More anti illegal tweets in OC because of all the illegal mexicans here. 

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

He probably put the note there himself. Attention whores gonna attention whore.

SickSnail
SickSnail

@18usc241 Wish granted. You are now welcome to leave. Don't let the door hit you in the a** on the way out.

sgbrown10
sgbrown10

@Stymie Logan yes gustavo compains about oc racism yet he uses anti white racial slurs and advocates ethnic cleansing against non mexicans...dude you are risking a nuclear war to be launched against mexico ...what will mexico launch back...beans?

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@NGCoot Nope, it's people like you: anonymous cowards who root for pedophile schools!

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@MaherSawaf Agreed. I came from places where the N-word is openly said to blacks and mexicans didn't exist but if they did they'd wish they hadn't. People are pretty nice and tolerant of others here. Surprising actually.

MaherSawaf
MaherSawaf

But Still...A County like OC needs a newspaper like the Weekly

nr0207
nr0207

@vegandawg23 illegal mexicans? I hate when people use these terms, like not every Latino is Mexican.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

why gracias!

SickSnail
SickSnail

@nr0207  Moron......NO. Not every latino is Mexican. And not every Mexican is illegal. And not every illegal is latino. All the previous poster said, and I am paraphrasing, is " there are more anti illegal tweets because there are more illegal Mexicans". Where TF did the poster say, or even imply, that every latino is Mexican?!?

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@nr0207 @vegandawg23 What are you going on about?!? If I hired you to build a bird house  and you put a roof on it and then I said, I don't want a roof on the bird house as it's for penguins and i'm not paying you for the roof. You would rightly think that I was a jerk as birds fly. Not all birds but enough that if you say build me a birdhouse, then it should have a roof. Same thing with mexicans. Sure there are exceptions but still, most of em are mexicans.

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