So you don't want to go to the ghetto? There's an app for that now!
'Ghetto Tracker,' App That Helps Rich Avoid Poor, Is As Bad As It Sounds
In less than 24 hours, a new app tactfully titled Ghetto Tracker--a service seeking to help people identify safe areas in unfamiliar cities--has already garnered enough backlash to prompt an immediate name change to Good Part of Town.
However, the PR move may not do much to alter the public's reception of the app, which critics are slamming as a racist, classist app for helping the rich to avoid the poor.
The app functions by allowing locals to rate the safety of different parts of a given area. According to The Week, the original launch of the page featured a white family of four smiling alongside the app's promise to show users "which parts of town are safe and which ones are ghetto, or unsafe."
In addition to the name change, all mention of the word "ghetto" has been removed from the site. The site now features an ethnically diverse family on its homepage.
In an email sent to Gawker, the app's team said it changed the name in response to emails from a woman whose family had been contained in an actual World War II ghetto and one from a man who grew up in a struggling area and went on to graduate from college and overcome his upbringing.
"I can't be held responsible for the assumptions people may make in regards to factors like race and income," the letter to Gawker continued. "I've seen comments on blogs and in twitter that are trying to say this is encouraging racism or social stratification and that was never our intention."
|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/06/2013|
The name of the app was stupid but honestly, who wants to accidently drive into a section of a city that's unsafe? Not PC but I'd rather be safe.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||09/06/2013|
You rarely would ever do that anyway. The fear is totally unfounded.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||09/06/2013|
Not unfounded. There's people who have accidentally wandered into ghetto areas in their BMW's and have gotten murdered.
That guy in OK for one, who was just murdered while out jogging.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||09/06/2013|
those people happen to be too stupid to drive into a city they don't know. inform yourself, that's a basic premise of life, no app needed.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/06/2013|
Was that young couple that was raped, tortured and murdered by that group of guys just out of jail in a bad part of town?
|by Anonymous||reply 6||09/06/2013|
One time we drove into a bad area of Philly. We turned around and were about to get out when the cops pulled us over and gave us a hard time. They thought were were there to buy drugs.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||09/06/2013|
R4 "That guy in OK" did not accidentally wander into a ghetto area. Duncan, Oklahoma has a population of 23,000, idiot.
I'm guessing there is no chance you will ever have to worry about wandering into a ghetto area in your BMW. You won't be much of a target in your Ford Fiesta.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||09/06/2013|
r8 - apparently the town of "only 23,000" has an East Side filled with housing projects where all of the sociopathic perps come from.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||09/06/2013|
I guess they could have been more PC with the name but there is nothing wrong with this. Why doesn't a person have a right to want to stay out of bad areas where they could get hurt?
Anyways GPS systems have been doing this for years now. This one just got some bad press for the silly choice of names. Well good bad press anyway. Since being mentioned in HuffPo they probably doubled their sales.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||09/06/2013|
R9 What a bunch of racist, right wing drivel.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||09/06/2013|
It is for Apple devices only.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||09/06/2013|
Trust me it's the blacks that should be avoiding whites. Create an app that allows minorities to stay away from white people who want to kill them and I'll kiss your feet.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||09/06/2013|
How many blacks are randomly shot and killed in white neighborhoods?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/06/2013|
Hello? People don't get lost anymore. And who wanders around strange cities with no particular destination in mind? If you find yourself somewhere that looks sketchy--leave.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||09/06/2013|
Good news for Cory Booker. According to the website, Newark is completely safe.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/06/2013|
Trayvon Martin Darius Simmons Oscar Grant Sean Bell Amadou Bailo Diallo James C. Anderson Aaron Campbell Victor Steen Steven Eugene Washington
These black men were just out and about minding their own business before they were brutally murdered by the hands of a racist white person. Some of their families received justice and some didn't. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more out there that don't get the notoriety so spare me the bull shit!.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/06/2013|
Yet people drive through the ghetto ever single day. Sometimes I think there are people here who are intentionally trying to increase hatred towards gays. These people are fully aware that this a public forum that anyone can stumble upon yet they write the most horrifically racist/bigoted things. I know that it's primarily one person ( the OP is very busy) but we will all be branded as racist/bigoted people by those reading this site. And I think that's the goal. It's annoying. And on a site like this you aren't as anonymous as you think.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/06/2013|
Now I don't have to set foot in the Upper West Side ever again!
|by Anonymous||reply 21||09/06/2013|
"I know that it's primarily one person ( the OP is very busy) but we will all be branded as racist/bigoted people by those reading this site."
I don't think this is necessarily true. Most people on this site know the difference between a REAL font and some race baiting troll. Bigoted/ racist comments don't bother me but I do have a right to respond. We have a choice to indulge or not. I have no problem "reading" someone and some of the posters in this thread needed to be "read".
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/06/2013|
[quote]Trayvon Martin Darius Simmons Oscar Grant Sean Bell Amadou Bailo Diallo James C. Anderson Aaron Campbell Victor Steen Steven Eugene Washington
[quote]These black men were just out and about minding their own business before they were brutally murdered by the hands of a racist white person.
What a bunch of BS. I can't speak for ALL of the people on the list but I can about a few of them.
*Trayvon - his murderer was not white but Latino, so you got that wrong. A Latino who speaks Spanish and has a black grandmother and a blatino mother.
*Oscar Grant - he was harassing other people on BART when the altercation with BART police happened. BTW, MANY BART cops are LGBT.
The others, I'm not sure but one thing that needs to be stated, BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO STOP WHEN TOLD TO DO SO BY PEOPLE IN AUTHORITY, that includes neighborhood watch, police, etc. Until BP do that they will continue to die by authority figures. When told to STOP they should. EVERYONE else does, all the other ethnicities too - Asian, Latino, White.
Respect authority, period, it's not a game.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/06/2013|
Poor people are HILARIOUS!
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/06/2013|
I would like to avoid getting raped, having my dick and balls ripped off, and dying in front of my girlfriend before she is brutally raped, tortured and mutilated, with bleach poured into the open wounds in her vagina and anus and also down her throat before she was finally killed.
It's called the 'Channon Treatment' right?
If the app keeps me away from where that might happen, I think it's a good investment.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/06/2013|
R4 R9 R23 You are a racist fool, and I bet you have a criminal record, too. Get help.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/06/2013|
I know, it's just my evil mind working, but don't you think that the real purpose of the app -- it was called "Ghetto Tracker," after all -- was to help confused out-of-towners find the best place to score street drugs and then make a quick getaway? After all, I gather that this device not only i.d.s "safe" areas but points out the "unsafe" ones as well . . . just in case you want to head over there at 2 a.m. for a quick transaction.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/06/2013|
[quote]those people happen to be too stupid to drive into a city they don't know. inform yourself
That's precisely what the app is for, you useless, stupid fa.ggot, inform.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/06/2013|