A Map App that doesn’t use Koozies to Guide Them!!!
The “Avoid Ghetto” App
Back in Januaray, Microsoft created a newly patented app for smart phones that has been labeled by some as the ”Avoid the Ghetto” app.
Basically, for those whom are not aware of this new product, the app is geared to assist pedstrians and motorists by providing them with a GPS map that will get them to their point of destination while avoiding any problematic neighborhoods or areas as well as harsh weather conditions (of course,critics are not focused on this portion of the feature).
The ”Avoid the Ghetto” app will use criminal statistics and reports (source of reports is unknown) to determined which areas to avoid and which are safe.
FOLKS, You know longer have to strap on your air force ones to be able to fly out of a sticky situation, you can avoid them all together! However, I have heard hear say that koozies can get you out of these areas, but that is pure speculations, so don’t take it seriously!
Anyways, lets take a look at the opposing view points and see where we stand:
Principles of the ”Avoid the Ghetto”:
Microsoft centers on drivers, passengers, and pedestrian safety through preventative alerts: in the same way that the sex offenders are required to have all personal information made public. The laymen terms the app is meant to make you feel safe, and give you the confidence to know you will arrive at your destination unharmed from dangerous situations…
One expert argued that the app was created with concerned fathers at heart to ease the worrisome thoughts of “Where is my daughter”. The app is not meant to be racists…, how sweet!!
“Avoid the Ghetto” is RACIST:
The argument is that the app discriminates towards specific neighborhoods, primarily where the population is african american and hispanic.
Dr. Chinn author of “Technology and the Logic of American Racism” told NPR news the app could reinforce stereotypical views of certain races and socio-economic classes.
“In much of dominant American culture,” she told the news outlet. “There’s an assumption that criminality and being poor and not white go hand in hand.”( Unknown.”Microsoft ‘Avoid Ghetto’ App Sparks Controversy“, 01/19/12).
My personal opinion on this matter is simple. Based on what I’ve read I would have to say if the app depends on statistics and criminal reports for its routing process, than it is not classifing the neighborhoods by race but rather by the activity that happens within the specified area.
If you yourself classify this as “racist” you must have the pre concieved notion that crime is more present in neighborhoods where minorities lives. Just Sayin
Best advice I can give is make customized koozies and have a cheery day