Controversy over "Ghetto Tracker" website
A website named GhettoTracker.com launched earlier this week that invited locals to rate neighborhoods in their cities and identify which areas were unsafe, or as the homepage put it, "ghetto." The crowdsourced information was supposed to help like-minded visitors, or people new to the area, know which neighborhoods to avoid.
Ghetto Tracker site offends, dies and returns - CNN.com
Since Ghetto Tracker began getting negative press September 3, it has undergone a number of revisions as its founder has scrambled to mute criticism of the site.
At first he rebranded the site as "Good Part of Town," scrubbing out all uses of the word "ghetto" and adding a different stock photograph of a more racially diverse family. But when critics continued to hammer the site for insensitivity, saying it was not addressing deeper issues of race and class, the founder took it down altogether. In its place was one line of text: "This site is gone. It's not worth the trouble."
By Thursday afternoon, however, the site had returned from the dead. The new homepage briefly showed an embedded video from the movie, "National Lampoon's Vacation," showing the white Griswold family driving through a black neighborhood
, along with a promise: "We're revamping the site to make it even better."
The website has since changed again to a simple message-board format showing topics for each of the 50 states. It includes a new post from the founder, titled, "Debunking the Media Myths