Liberalism has been on a hair-trigger for several decades now about “blaming the victim” for any misfortune or ill-circumstance that they may be suffering—sometimes with good reason, but often not. The irony is that liberals never seem to notice their symmetrical sin of blaming everything on racism, the “System,” the class structure of oppression, the Judean People’s Front, etc. Like the apocryphal story of Bertrand Russell and turtles, for the left it’s always white people all the way down. Take, for example, the latest outrage against the developers of a smart phone app that helps you flag high-crime neighborhoods to avoid:
By Sam Biddle
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 another app 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.
Like the proprietors of Uber, SketchFactor is fighting back. Good for them:
It’s no secret. We’ve seen the negative press.
Setting the record straight: SketchFactor is a tool for anyone, anywhere, at any time. We have a reporting mechanism for racial profiling, harassment, low lighting, desolate areas, weird stuff, you name it. When people actually download the app, they see that this is truly a tool for everyone. These hit pieces have attacked the founders personally.
We get it, they need clicks. However, the reporters of these pieces never contacted us, never interviewed us, and the app wasn’t even live when they wrote it.
Got to log off now so I can download SketchFactor right away. Can they make a companion app to avoid reductive liberal Internet stupidity?