Racism is defined as prejudice or discrimination against people of different races. A racist person believes that his or her race is superior, while other races are inferior.
Racism in a given area isn’t something that can be measured like population or area. Polls and surveys can be used, but these aren’t always accurate. Other data such as instances of hate crimes and hate speech can also be used to determine where racism is most prevalent.
Because of this, it’s difficult to measure what states in the U.S. are the most racist. However, some organizations and publications have attempted to measure racism throughout the United States. The following contains some of these findings.
The apartment search website Abodo created a map outlining the most racist areas in the nation. The site used software that tracked over 12 million tweets posted in 2014 and 2016, filtering out tweets with racial slurs.
Another study was conducted by data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz using Google search data. Based on this data, the study found that the most racist regions in the United States are the rural Northeast and South. Searches containing racial slurs were most prevalent in the Appalachian region from Georgia to New York and Vermont. High concentrations of racist searches were discovered in areas along the Gulf Coast, the Upper Peninsula region in Michigan, and the state of Ohio.
It is important to note, however, that these findings aren’t an official ranking of racist states. These studies give some idea of areas in the nation where racism may occur.