Who’s Calling My Neighborhood “Sketchy”?

This is a follow-up to Steve’s post titled It’s White People All the Way Down. That post was about a new app that helps users avoid “sketchy” neighborhoods. Sure enough, as Steve reported, the app was promptly denounced as racist by Gawker (“…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”).

So WUSA, a CBS news affiliate in Washington, D.C., no doubt inspired by Gawker, sent a news crew to a neighborhood identified by the app as sketchy. The news crew went in search of local residents to interview, expecting them to be incensed at how the app characterized their neighborhood.

Only–oops–things didn’t go as planned:

The news crew’s vehicle was burglarized while they were working on a story about a controversial app that alerts people to “sketchy” neighborhoods, WUSA reports.

The crew had locked their news van on a street in Petworth in Northwest, D.C. while they were out in the neighborhood conducting interviews. When they returned they found the lock had been popped out of the door of their news van, and that most of the crew’s gear had been stolen.

“Sketchy” app: 1
Liberal bias: 0


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