Monday, September 09, 2013

"Racist" app taken down after Twitter attack

Sounds like a useful thing to me.  There's no doubt that some areas are much more dangerous than others  -- and locals know best

A website and app called "Ghetto Tracker", designed to help people avoid going to the "bad" part of town has been taken down after it was attacked on Twitter for being racist.

Featuring a smiling white family on the home page, Ghetto Tracker purported to be an innocent travel tool for wary tourists wanting to keep out of trouble.

It posed the questions, "Travelling to a new city? Will you be visiting a safe part of town?" and the reassurance, "Ghetto Tracker can help determine which parts of town are safe and which parts are not."

The way the app worked was to allow locals to rate the safety of different parts of a given area.

The site appeared last weekend, and within 24 hours it was causing a stir on Twitter, with tweets from Americans accusing it of playing on people's fears and, Gawker said, being "a racist, classist app for helping the rich to avoid the poor".

Apart from the racist associations of the site's name - a ghetto is traditionally a poor area inhabited by African Americans, people were angry the site appeared to allow anyone to arbitrarily decide which neighbourhoods were good or bad, rather than rely on crime statistics.



Anonymous said...

"a ghetto is traditionally a poor area inhabited by African Americans..."

Really? How many blacks were in the Warsaw, or other eastern European, ghettos?

As for the app;
Racist, or simply factual?
Racist, or a public service announcement?
Racist, or simply good advise?

Dean said...

1:23 AM: Of course it's racist. Do you not realize there is no other country on earth? No other culture than U.S. culture? That everything is viewed though our spectacles - those of discrimination toward black people?

Sigh. Silly boy. Or girl. Whichever you are.

As for the app, it's factual, a public service announcement and darned good advice.

Anonymous said...

It is easy to figure out which is the bad part of town. Just avoid the area where Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd is. Google Maps will help there. Also another good sign is when you start to see "security bars" on the windows of houses

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:23 - you and I shared the same first thought.
For hundreds of years 'ghetto' referred to the jewish quarter and had nothing to do with black people.

Anonymous said...

It's also an Italian word from Jewish enclaves in Italy.

Anon 1:23 said...

Thank you 6:19. Apparently 1:37 didn't get it.

Dean said...

1:23: Apparently my attempt at humor was too subtle.

My comment was meant to be a slam at those who find racism in everything. Also at people in the U.S. who can't see beyond our own borders to other countries and cultures. Those so wrapped up in their own small world that the word 'ghetto' has only one meaning - an area where black people live.

Sorry to cause confusion.


Anonymous said...

"Sorry to cause confusion.


That's what conservatards are good at.

Anonymous said...

since when don't people want to avoid the poor. there aren't laws against that or racism for that matter. Get over it.

Anonymous said...

6:05 says the libtard. lolololololol

TheOldMan said...

I don't recall ever meeting any "African" Americans in Detroit. I did meet many black skinned people. None of them had ever set foot in Africa so I never refer to them as African American. Who are these "Aricans"?

Anonymous said...

I guess Obama is actually one of the very few in the US who is literally "African-American"!