Researchers at CollegeStats.org examined tweets on the social media platform Twitter made on or near the campuses of 1,537 colleges and universities. More than 2.4 million tweets were analyzed.
The researchers examined the content of the tweets to determine the number of instances where tweets included racist language. By a large margin, the educational institution that had the highest percentage of tweets with racist terms was the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. The editors of CollegeStat.org wrote that The the “University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences could have a serious case of racism on its hands.” About 11 percent of the students at the university are Black.
Lehman College and Fordham University, both in The Bronx, New York, ranked second and third. Lehman College has an undergraduate student body that is 28 percent Black and African American are 5 percent of the undergraduate student body at Fordham University.
Other colleges and universities ranking in the top 10 of institution’s where tweets offensive to Blacks were most common were the South Texas College of Law in Houston, the Mount Sinai Medical School in New York, the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, Marymount Manhattan College in New York, and Hunter College in New York.
It is interesting that seven of the 10 colleges and universities with the highest percentage of tweets with racist terms are in New York City. Only one was in the South. One wonders whether Twitter users in New York City are highly racist compared to those in the rest of the country or is there some flaw with with the methodology of this study?