Sometimes white people astonish me with the ways they find to alleviate racial tension, but, in the same token, they did come up with Tea Party.
A new website claims to inform productive world citizens about the dangerous parts of any particular town. According to GAWKER, the website name was originally ghettotracker.com but was quickly changed after word spread around the internet.
GhettoTracker’s “ghettos” aren’t identified based on mugging statistics or murder rates—or any hard data at all, really. Instead, “ghettos” are determined by the site’s users and delineated by their prejudices. It’s a new, crowd-sourced twist on stop-and-frisk: Just drop a little red dot anywhere you think upstanding folks should stop-and-avoid.
The website now goes by the euphemistic name “Good Part of Town.” Again, as stated by Nitasha Tiku, what is “good?” Are we supposed to know what is good by the lack “thugs” hanging around “sketchy” apartment building where “handouts” are given? I guess …
Now that the name has changed, as well as the white family picture (now it’s a white man protecting his happy “brown” family”), it’ll be easy for the creators of this racist geotag platform to claim its racial neutrality. And they’ll be justified because it’s extremely hard to talk about race or tell somebody he’s racist and because studies show, we all show biases towards black people, irrespective of race.
So when Bill Cosby starts tagging his former West Philly neighborhood as “bad,” let’s not jump down his throat, it’s just business as usual in these good ole’ American states.