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Statistics collected by @alittleracist, 18 January 2012

January 18, 2012

The Twitter-account @alittleracist looks at who claims ‘not racist but…’ on Twitter. This is how the data is gathered. And the following are some of the findings so far…

Stats updated as per Wednesday 18th of January 2012. Total sample size of all tweets analysed: n=13642

By Gender

A twitterer’s gender is determined by examining their profile photograph and/or name. If neither gives an indication of their gender, or if the two data sources conflict (for example, a photo of a guy, but a name marked as ‘sarah’), they are marked as ‘unknown’

By apparent ethnicity

A twitterer’s ethnic appearance is a guesstimation based on their profile picture

They claimed they weren’t racist… Were they?

If a twitterer says something racist, they’re marked as such. ‘Unknown’ is used if they say something that may or may not be racist, but where it is not immediately obvious from the context which it is. They may, for example, making a joke (‘I am not racist, but I prefer brown bread’) or similar. If someone says something like ‘If you say Not Racist But, you may as well stop speaking, nothing good will follow’, then this is counted as an anti-racist message; someone is using the words ‘not racist but…’ in an effort to encourage other Twitter users to be less racist.

And was their racism highlighted on the @alittleracist twitter account?

Other interesting statistics…

Obviously, there’s tons of interesting statistical analysis we can do here; which ethnicity tends to be more racist? Which gender is more racist? Are white men more racist than black women? Etc. This will all be done once we have a sufficiently large data set. For now, enjoy the following:

Number of followers

Average number of followers for people who tweeted something racist: 455

Average number of followers for people who tweeted something anti-racist: 408

Literacy & spelling

On average, racists spell 6.42% of their words wrong

On average, anti-racists spell 4.33% of their words wrong

More literacy stats

On average, males who tweeted something racist misspelled 6.1% of their words. n=4168

On average, females who tweeted something racist misspelled 6.73% of their words. n=4540

On average, black people who tweeted something racist misspelled 7.57% of their words. n=3713

On average, white people who tweeted something racist misspelled 5.25% of their words. n=2992

On average, black males who tweeted something racist misspelled 7.32% of their words. n=1621

On average, black females who tweeted something racist misspelled 7.76% of their words. n=2050

On average, white males who tweeted something racist misspelled 4.94% of their words. n=1572

On average, white females who tweeted something racist misspelled 5.59% of their words. n=1355

On average, males misspelled 6.24% of their words. n=5523

On average, females misspelled 6.87% of their words. n=5649

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