Map Shows Where Racism Lives in America

Few surprises.

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This infographic, which comes courtesy of researchers at the University of Rochester, shows where racism is most likely to be prevalent in the U.S. Political scientists at the school considered census data, political party affiliations and views on race-related topics from over 39,000 whites from the South. Their findings suggest that effects of slavery remain—mentally.

The study learned that people who lived in areas where plantations and slavery were abundant (the "Cotton Belt") were more likely to have a variety of negative attitudes about race. Researchers got granular, looking at data from 1,344 counties and learned that a 20 percent increase in the number of slaves within the county prior to the Civil War corresponded with a 2.4 percent decrease in whites in favor of affirmative action and a 3 percent decrease in whites who were members of the Democratic party. 

The image above breaks this down on a county-by-county basis.

[via The Huffington Post]

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