things that matter

Guess Which States Produce The Most Anti-Latino Tweets

@EusebiaAq/Twitter

Twitter can be a place where Internet trolls come to spit out hateful, 140-character messages of bullying — just ask Tay, Microsoft’s AI chatbot who was turned into a woman-hating, anti-Semite who wanted to exterminate all Mexicans just 24 hours after it was thrown to the Twitter wolves.

But where are the most the cities with the most racists tweets, specifically against Latinos, coming from? Surprisingly, from one of the most progressive states in the country: California.

Despite its diversity, California placed in the top 10 ?.

header_anti-hispanic1
Credit: Abodo.com

Recently, apartment-finding website Abodo tracked “the language Americans use when tweeting about different races, ethnicities, genders, religions and sexual orientations.” From the data gathered, Adobo created lists to inform customers of the most tolerant and least tolerant cities.

Abodo explains on their blog that they scraped Twitter between June 2014 to December 2015 for this project, looking for specific key words that would affect different segments of the population, like “women,” “gay and lesbian people,” “intellectually disabled people,” “black people” and “hispanic/Latino people.” For Latinos, those slurs included “spic,” “wetback” and “beaner.”

Overall, they looked at more than 12 million tweets. And what did they find?  Out of all the cities, towns, parishes, etc. in the United States, California produced six of the top 10 cities for anti-Hispanic tweets, with five landing in the top spots. Guess there isn’t so much California love after all.

Bakersfield, Chula Vista, Modesto, Fontana and Riverside, Calif. are the top five cities with the most anti-Hispanic tweets in the country.

header3_anti-hispanic-city1

Most, if not all of these cities, have one thing in common. Can you guess what that is? Here’s a clue:

https://twitter.com/ft_highmami/status/713481625644900352

Credit: @ft_highmami/Twitter

Yep, all of these cities have sizable Latino populations. Bakersfield, according to Census data, is slightly over 45 percent Latino. This commonality wasn’t lost on Abodo, who noted that the states that ranked the highest for bigoted tweets also happened to be the five states with the largest share of Latinos. In contrast, places like Maine (the whitest state in America) ranked pretty low.

Watch a High School Girl Savagely Take Down Her White, Male Teacher’s Idea Of What Racism Is

Do you live in one of the cities mentioned above? Have you experienced racial slurs on Twitter as a resident in Bakersfield? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to click the share button.

This Guy Survived a Plane Crash by Eating Those Who Didn't

things that matter

This Guy Survived a Plane Crash by Eating Those Who Didn’t

pedroalgorta.es

When 20-year-old Pedro Algorta jumped on a plane heading to Chile from Uruguay in 1972, he had no idea that moments later he would be stranded in a snow-covered mountain valley having just survived a plane crash.

The plane crash, avalanche and hypothermia proved deadly for all by 16 of the 45 people aboard the flight.  Those 16 were stuck in the Andes for 71 days, surviving on a diet superhuman mental stamina and cannibalism.

“Staying alive was always the main task, for which it was necessary to eat well, but not from a rational decision, rather from an instinctive imperative,” Pedro said in an interview with Vice.  “I always had a hand or something in my pocket, and when I could, I would begin to eat, to put something in my mouth, to feel that I was getting nourished.”

pedro algorta
CREDIT: PEDRO ALGORTA / FACEBOOK

For 35 years, Algorta never really talked about his experience, he didn’t have nightmares, he didn’t talk about it like other fellow survivors, he didn’t even think about what he had to do in the mountains to survive. That changed when he decided to write his book Into the Mountains and resurface all the memories to tell his story.

memoria1
Credit: pedroalgorta.es

In his book, he describes the plane crash, how difficult it was to be part of a group of survivors and how, as a group, they made the decision to eat the dead.

“…Without convincing ourselves with logical thoughts, we just responded to our weakness, to our desire to survive,” he told Vice.  “A group of us went and picked up one of the bodies that we had and we started to make a small indentation with a piece of glass and then started eating, and that was all. It was the most normal and logical thing that we could do there in order to keep eating.”

And what happened when the survivors were confronted by the families of those who had perished and they had eaten? The families said, “It’s ok.”

Read the entire Algorta interview from Vice here.

READ: This Guy Survived being Stranded in the Ocean for More than a Year

Don’t forget to share this story with your friends by clicking the button below!

Paid Promoted Stories