GPS For The One Percent? ‘Ghetto Tracker’ App Helps You Avoid Poor ‘Hoods

September 5, 2013  |  

This is pretty outrageous.

There a new app that lets people track “ghettos” so they can avoid traveling to those areas. Even worse the app was originally called “Ghetto Tracker,” but because of the overwhelming outrage in the 24 hours after its debut, the makers changed the name to Good Part of Town.

Critics are already slamming it as a racist, classist app for helping the rich to avoid the poor reports The Huffington Post.

The app works by letting locals rate the safety of various parts of an area. The original launch of the app’s page showed a white family of four smiling while the app’s text promised to show users “which parts of town are safe and which ones are ghetto, or unsafe,” reported The Week.

After the app makers received complaints, they not only changed the name but also dropped all mention of the word “ghetto.” And as part of its damage control, the website now features an ethnically diverse family on the homepage.

But the reason for the changes seem a bit off. In an email sent to Gawker, the app’s team claims to have 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 but overcame 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 stated. “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.”

Sounds like a lot of spin to us. Your thoughts?

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