Friday, January 21, 2011

Ohio Ranks Fourth Lowest in Tolerance

Posted by on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Google image search Ohio and Tolerance, and this image comes up.
  • Google image search Ohio and Tolerance, and this image comes up.

The Daily Beast busted out another set of rankings in their perpetual land grab for page views, this time grading each fine state in this union based on tolerance, which as you might have suspected, is a tough idea to grade based on a haphazard collection of fuzzy data, but one that they soldiered on in compiling nonetheless.

The verdict for the great Buckeye State was not favorable. The numbers seem to indicate that we are less tolerant than a closeted gay Baptist minister in Alabama, and that if if that gay Baptist minister came out of the closet and moved to Ohio, we would not smile upon him, our brother.

Before we get to Ohio's rank, which makes it appear that we all wear KKK masks and stand on street corners calling unwed mothers whores, here's the Daily Beast's explanation of their methodology:


Specifically, for each state we considered the number of hate crimes according to the FBI, the extent of hate-crime statutes, the number of complaints of discrimination filed through the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, the extent of fair-housing and fair-workplace laws, the percentage of residents that support same-sex marriage, the extent of legal rights for same-sex couples, and the percentage of residents that are accepting of various religions. We measured the scope of hate crime statutes with help from the resources at the Anti-Defamation League, including the ADL’s catalogue of hate crime statutes by state. Each state was given a score out of 100 points. Ties were broken based on hate-crime statistics—if the total points matched, the state with fewer hate crimes in the last year ranked higher. So how does your state fare on the tolerance scale? Click here. For the full methodology, read below.

And here's Ohio's grade, which pegs us as the fourth least tolerant state in America:

46, Ohio
Tolerance score: 40 out of 100
Hate crime score: 15 out of 40
Discrimination score: 16 out of 40
Gay rights score: 1 out of 10
Religious Tolerance score: 8 out of 10
Hate crime incidents per 100,000 residents:: 3.1 (33 out of 50 states)
Discrimination cases filed per 100,000 residents:: 24.2 (44 out of 50 states)
Population in support of same-sex marriage:: 45%
Population that believes many religions lead to eternal life:: 76%

If this is true, there's a 92% chance you're going to read this, then walk next door and blame your neighbor, who's black and an atheist and who you never liked anyway. We earnestly hope that's not the case. Try giving a hug instead.

Of course, there's also a 92% chance that this data is total bunk and you're not even reading this blog right now because you're hugging your neighbor already. If that's the case, good job.

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