It was an outpouring of support, not the media’s pent-up outrage, that led the GhettoTracker’s inventor to keep the original name for the much-maligned smartphone app, he told TV reporter-turned-commentator Ben Swann in an exclusive intereview.
The GhettoTracker, which came out last week, created “a huge firestorm” from the media upon its release, Swann said on his website, BenSwann.com, offering a Huffington Post headline as an example: “Ghetto Tracker,’ App That Helps Rich Avoid Poor, Is As Bad As It Sounds.”
David Foster, the app’s creator, told Swann he designed the program out of concern for his wife, whose medical sales position involved extensive travel throughout the Southeast.
GhettoTracker employs user-supplied data rather than crime statistics to determine which communities are safe and which to avoid.
After media outlets like CNN began panning the app, primarily because of its name, Foster briefly changed it to “The Good Part of Town,” but then changed it back to GhettoTracker after users began complaining.
“We looked at the percentage of positive feedback versus the little bit of negative,” Foster told Swann. “We are not trying to be insensitive but in reality if it offends you then just don’t go there. That is not our intention. Our intention is to help people.”
When Swann asked Foster whether using the word “ghetto” promoted racial divide, he said:
“Personally I feel that if they have that issue with that word, that is their issue. See, I don’t feel like there’s an issue with that word. The actual definition of the word, and I looked it up, is ‘an impoverished, neglected or otherwise disadvantaged residential area of a city usually troubled by a disproportionately large amount of crime.’ So I don’t see that as labeling people; I see that as labeling an area.”
Foster noted that the media have gone so far as to claim GhettoTracker promotes a “race war,” while neglecting the real issues going on in America.
“Right now we are facing a potential war in Syria,” he said. “There are some real issues in this country, things we need to be dealing with, things we need to be having a real conversation about.”
The only people propagating a race war, in Foster’s opinion, are the media.
Watch the video, courtesy of BenSwan.com.