Minnesota is one of the least racist states, according to Google (and Harvard)

Those of us who are racist apparently don't share those prejudices with Google.
Those of us who are racist apparently don't share those prejudices with Google.

A Harvard PhD student recently analyzed Google search data from the 2004 and 2008 presidential election cycles in hopes of determining to what extent the Obama vote was limited by racial prejudices.

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The student, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, determined that Obama's vote percentage could've been about three to five percent higher nationally if he were white. But what's interesting for our purposes is the state-by-state Google racism ranking Stephens-Davidowitz put together.

He looked at the number of times residents from each state searched for the n-bomb or its plural. Turns out we don't search for such things very often up here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Minnesota ranked 45th out of 51 (including the District of Columbia) in the Google racism rankings, only behind D.C., Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado, Hawaii, and Utah.

On the racist end of the spectrum is first-ranked West Virginia, which is followed by Louisiana and Pennsylvania. Rounding out the top 10 'most racially charged searches' states are Mississippi, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, Alabama, and New Jersey.

To read the full study, click here.

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