App to Help People Avoid Crime-Ridden Areas is Racist

SketchFactor is an app developed by D.C. natives Allison McGuire and Daniel Herrington that’s set to go live this Friday. It’ll help users identify “sketchy” neighborhoods so that they can avoid them. The app will use publicly available data and crowdsourcing to give users updated information on crime in certain areas.

Obviously, when you’re talking about crime and “sketchy” neighborhoods, that automatically means you’re talking about black neighborhoods. And, what do you know, the creators of this app happen to be white and “privileged.” They’re trying to help their fellow white and privileged avoid black neighborhoods.

At least according to the politically correct race-baiters over at Gawker. In an article headlined, “Smiling Young White People Make App for Avoiding Black Neighborhoods,” Sam Biddle opined:

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 anotherapp 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 ina $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…

Down here in the South, it’s not uncommon to have a nice-looking house with a well kempt lawn directly across from an old crusty trailer buried in weeds. I happen to live in a neighborhood like that, and there are places in it where I wouldn’t feel safe at night. Places that have a reputation for meth dealing. We frequently see police activity in those areas and hear instructions from police to “stay away from Bailey Drive.” There are people walking around who look “sketchy” to me, and they’re not black. They’re white.

Obviously, this isn’t about helping white and privileged people avoid black neighborhoods. Crime and “sketchiness” come in all different colors.