The creators of the now-defunct GhettoTracker, an app that promised to show users “which parts of town are safe and which ones are ghetto, or unsafe,” have a fresh, new idea: another app that helps scared white people avoid people who have darker skin!
Creators Daniel Herrington and Allison McGuire, two young white people, insist that they aren’t “racists, bigots, sexists,” but are just trying to help people “take the guesswork out of city navigation.”
The new app, just like GhettoTracker, is pretty much Google Street View for crackers. However, the creators don’t see it that way. In fact, they have learned to pretend that this new app is for black people, too!
“We understand that people will see this issue,” said Allison McGuire, “And even though Dan and I are admittedly both young, white people, the app is not built for us as young, white people. As far as we’re concerned, racial profiling is ‘sketchy’ and we are trying to empower users to report incidents of racism against them and define their own experience of the streets.”
“By showing the sketchiness of an area, SketchFactor takes the guesswork out of city navigation,” the app’s website states. “What’s sketchy? You can report weird—such as a bizarre discovery or strange encounter—or dangerous—potentially harmful situations—to the app. You can also share protips about what routes you take and why.”
Tech site ValleyWag’s Sam Biddle described the term “sketchy” as one young white people use “to describe places where they don’t feel safe because they watched all five seasons of The Wire.”
The app is taking a lot of flack on its Facebook page.
So…go grab yourself this app if you want to avoid people who look different than you do, white folks!