Smiling Young White People Make App for Avoiding Black Neighborhoods | Gawker
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:
SketchFactor, the brainchild of co-founders Allison McGuire and Daniel Herrington, is a Manhattan-based navigation app that crowdsources user experiences along with publicly available data to rate the relative “sketchiness” of certain areas in major cities. The app will launch on the iTunes on Friday, capping off a big week for the startup, which was named as a finalist in the NYC BigApps competition.
According to Ms. McGuire, a Los Angeles native who lives in the West Village, the impetus behind SketchFactor was her experience as a young woman navigating the streets of Washington, D.C., where she worked at a nonprofit.
After meeting Mr. Herrington, an electrical engineer who was taken with the SketchFactor idea, the two quit their Washington D.C.-based jobs and decamped to New York City with funding from family and friends.
As one of the finalists in the BigApps competition, SketchFactor is poised to receive more attention when it launches.
With firsthand experience living in Washington, D.C., where white terror is as ubiquitous as tucked-in polo shirts, grinning caucasians Allison McGuire and Daniel Herrington should be unstoppable in the field of smartphone race-baiting—they’re already finalists in a $20,000 startup contest! But don’t worry: they’re not racist. It says so right on their blog, which asks people to share “sketchy” stories about strangers they spot:
Who we’re not: racists, bigots, sexists. Any discriminatory posts will be deleted.
Oh, well in that case. The app launches tomorrow, so it’s probably safest to just stay indoors until then.
I said when I first heard about it, and I say again; this is a Jim Crowe app. Nothing good will come of this. It’s crowd sourcing racism. Someone will end up dead and/or shot - probably both.
Because the people who COULD report on racial profiling, usually end up face biting asphalt or linoleum covered in their own blood.
Colourblindness Kills. Cause these two total oblivious assholes really feel they can ‘delete’; ‘There’s just something about this neighbourhood that makes me uneasy’.
Cause to them ‘racist posts’ probably means ‘Damn, lotta n*ggers’. And not all the dog whistles and alternative language that’s ACTUAL real life.
These two want to make money while pretending that blackness isn’t criminalized.
As if; thug, crack house, meth house, weed house, unsafe, and uncomfortable don’t automatically MEAN black, even though statistically they’re all more likely in white areas.
As if there won’t be a whole lot of: “I just felt like I’d end up raped.” And anyone in the know would look at the neighbourhood and KNOW why. And it WON’T be because it’s fraternity row - though it SHOULD be.
Their website talks about 100 beta testers. DOES NOT MENTION how many of said testers were; black, latin@, asian, west asian/middle eastern, disabled, or queer. Or muslim. Or Jewish. Definitely doesn’t mention how many were in service jobs with shitty hours and crappy graveyard shifts. NOPE. Just bland ‘100 testers’.
And also ‘you must guess how many of them were even women’.
Lemony Snicket needs to call them, let them know ‘things will end badly’.