Smartphone app to help you avoid dangerous areas is obviously racist or something

posted at 8:31 am on August 9, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

What if you were moving to – or visiting – a city where you didn’t know your way around? And what if you were worried about wandering into a high crime area, but didn’t know the layout of the city? What if you were looking for good deals on hotels before your trip, but weren’t sure which areas were safe to go out and grab a cab in? What if you wanted to avoid dimly lit sections of town with scant law enforcement coverage? And if you were to find an app for your phone which could provide all of this information on a map ahead of time, what might you say to the people who developed it?

Well, duh… they’re clearly racists.

At least that’s the very clearly stated opinion of Sam Biddle at Gawker in his “review” of a new app called SketchFactor which does just what I described above.

Is there any way to keep white people from using computers, before this whole planet is ruined? I ask because the two enterprising white entrepreneurs above just made yet another app for avoiding non-white areas of your town—and it’s really taking off!

Crain’s reports on SketchFactor, a racist app made for avoiding “sketchy” neighborhoods, which is the term young white people use to describe places where they don’t feel safe because they watched all five seasons of The Wire

Was I too fast in assuming that the author was trying to insert some hot, race card goodness into the discussion of a new app for your phone? I really don’t think so, given that he goes on to identify the co-developers of the product as grinning caucasians Allison McGuire and Daniel Herrington. Oh, and the actual title of the article was, Smiling Young White People Make App for Avoiding Black Neighborhoods. Oh, that’s not too racially charged now, is it?

This is all a pretty damning condemnation of both the developers and the app… unless, that is, you actually look at what it does. Not only does it not identify places where users see non-white people, but there doesn’t seem to be a category to report the presence of Black Neighborhoods, or ethnic statistics of any kind. But aside from the aforementioned low lighting, higher crime areas, what other sorts of things can all of these racist white people report to the app?

We have a reporting mechanism for racial profiling, harassment, low lighting, desolate areas, weird stuff, you name it. When people actually download the app, they see that this is truly a tool for everyone.

I’m sorry… did you say racial profiling? And harassment? If the cops in the Big Apple are racially profiling and harassing white people, there’s a big element to this story that the media has been totally missing.

Judge for yourself. If you’re interested in checking out this horribly racist app, you can do so here.


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You’re a thought criminal.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Wow, you said so little. So brave. Your buds here will like you.

This is a great site but you all failed miserably today.

tomas on August 9, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Luckily, there’s no need for an app to avoid the brain-dead fools at Gawker.

Marxism is for dummies on August 9, 2014 at 6:13 PM

You’re a thought criminal.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Wow, you said so little. So brave. Your buds here will like you.

This is a great site but you all failed miserably today.

tomas on August 9, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Dude, I was joking…1984 reference and all that…never mind.

No, I know how it is. When you agree with some folks, you’re OK. Then you go and dare to think differently about a topic or question some meme, then you’re scum.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 9, 2014 at 6:14 PM

NO that isn’t it at all. I apologize, but I can’t tell you are joking, especially, how the inmates have revolted today.

tomas on August 9, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Sam Biddle sounds like a race pimp douchbag. And he’s a hypocrite because you know he avoids sketchy areas”

Whitey Ford on August 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM

UnstChem on August 9, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I just don’t think D.C. is the real world for any of its inhabitants. With their rate of employment and never down housing market, there shouldn’t be any place in that city that isn’t a garden spot or at least very decent accommodations for any and all. But it isn’t and it doesn’t make sense.

Cindy Munford on August 9, 2014 at 6:35 PM

freedom of speech is allowed to reference on Hot Air?

Walter L. Newton on August 9, 2014 at 11:02 AM

You have no inherent freedom of speech here; it’s a private site, with a posted TOS agreement.

But, cheer up; Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.

massrighty on August 9, 2014 at 7:37 PM

I think it brilliant., I wouldn’t want to be in a bad area if I was away or wanted to meet. Screw them people if the area is bad, do something about it. Instead of stars, like yelp they should rate the area by how many guns lol lik north philly, should have a 5 gun rating meaning stay away lol

Conservative4ev on August 9, 2014 at 11:10 PM

I’ll bet Clark and Ellen Griswold wish they’d of had one, for that first cross-country vacation trip.

listens2glenn on August 10, 2014 at 1:38 AM

I can take you to at least a couple areas in central Ohio that are predominately white that you really should avoid starting with the short south side.

CW on August 9, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Sizeist!

GWB on August 10, 2014 at 7:08 AM

LOL…I believe this is the definition of irony!!

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — Typically news crews are reporting on these sorts of incidents, but on Friday a WUSA9 crew was robbed.

Ironically, the robbery occurred while the crew was working on a story about an app that alerts people of “sketchy” neighborhoods…”

Friggin hilarious!!

If that doesn’t sell the app, what will?!?

ManWithNoName on August 10, 2014 at 9:19 AM

It’s better to be afraid of colored people and not need to be, than to not be afraid of colored people when you really should be…

jbspry on August 10, 2014 at 4:18 PM

It’s better to be afraid of colored people and not need to be, than to not be afraid of colored people when you really should be…

jbspry on August 10, 2014 at 4:18 PM

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If you replace the words “colored people” with the word ‘strangers’, it’s more to-the-point.

listens2glenn on August 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

ManWithNoName on August 10, 2014 at 9:19 AM

See this:

https://twitter.com/allahpundit/status/498495892639326210

ITguy on August 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

For the true geeks, check out this book,
http://www.amazon.com/How-Lie-Maps-2nd-Edition/dp/0226534219

The book brings out how cities put out maps that are favorable to its PR efforts, but not those that tell the truth about crime rates, abandoned properties, etc. There is nothing inherently racial about these types of data. Its just the facts.

bartbeast on August 11, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Seems some blacks can’t stand the idea of whites being aided in keeping themselves safe and away from blacks.

Chessplayer on August 9, 2014 at 5:55 PM

We have most of the the money and fancier cars and nicer homes and prettier daughters* and everything else they want but under Democrap thug socialism haven’t much chance of obtaining by lawful means. The unlawful ones don’t want to lose all the juicy targets, and the lawful ones don’t want to be left with businesses at the level of hair stylists and dollar stores.

Not to mention if we all move far enough away, where’s the tax base for the welfare system? What’ll they do, put a 50% tax on booze? Try to tax the local drug dealers?

*mostly due to better diet and living conditions.

LawfulGood on August 12, 2014 at 3:28 AM

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