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New Phone App Allows Shoppers, Retailers to Report Black People for ‘Looking Suspicious’

 

 

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Black people are often early adopters of gadgets like cell phones and apps, however those apps may be secretly tracking them. NPR reports that residents in some major cities are using phone apps to racially profile Black people. Apps such as GroupMe and Sketch Factor can be used to report and warn of suspicious behavior. The problem is, in America, some white people think all Black people are potential criminals.

 

NPR’s Kelly McEvers interviewed Terrence McCoy of The Washington Post, who did a story on this subject. McCoy explained that Operation GroupMe, which is used by patrons of high-end stores in Washington, D.C., can report suspicious behavior to up to 400 people, including police officers, at a time. But the process is not always accurate.

 

“People oftentimes encourage each other to take pictures or to give some sort of surveillance footage of somebody,” McCoy said. “So then what happens is that hundreds of images, predominantly of African-Americans, are circulating this group, and oftentimes those people have no idea that their picture was just taken or that they’re being discussed – their appearance and such – in this sort of closed forum.”

 

McCoy added that some of the descriptions of Black people were stereotypical and borderline offensive. One user described a suspicious person as “ratchet” and another person complained about person “smelling of weed.”

 

Another problem with the app is it’s based on groundless suspicions, which are subjective. While one person might find a Black man with ripped jeans and tattoos threatening, another person might think he’s just a hipster.

 

”One example is, this person was said to be suspicious in one store and they said, ‘look out for this guy, he’s in distressed jeans, he has tattoos on his neck’,” McCoy said. “And then someone else said, ‘wait a second, he’s not suspicious, he was just in my store a little bit ago. He bought two suits.’ And so people’s immediate perceptions of what this is may not be entirely accurate all the time.”

 

Black people have been arrested, and sometimes even shot dead, based on white people’s suspicions. Earlier this week, a group of young Black men were chased, thrown to the ground and handcuffed by D.C. police because a white woman said their presence in a bank made her “uncomfortable.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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OMG!!!!  This is getting crazier by the moment.  Damn straight, this is nothing but a blatant war against black people.  

 

There needs to be an app for suspicious white people who may or may not commit mass murders, such as, shooting up movie theaters, black churches, elementary schools and colleges, that's what all communities need to worry about.

 

How about an app that warns black people about police officers in the area, I'm thinking in terms of "transparency"…. put their work history (in law enforcement) out there… we wanna know how many excessive force complaints they have against them… what type of personality does each officer have….? are they ego-tripping, full-of-themselves, assholes?

 

…. are they control freaks who scored low on their tests…? are they known for falsifying police documents or using racial slurs… are they part of any known racist group…. how many police departments have they been fired from…? do they beat their wives? We wanna know, dammit!  it's a matter of life or death for black people. 

 

If ever a group of people needed an app for protection (from police officers) and to share suspicions of malicious intent, dishonesty, possible harassment & excessive force (from police officers) is BLACK PEOPLE!!!. 

 

Them folks got it twisted .

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They want to lock us all behind bars; that's what they're working toward. They no longer want us in this country, I do believe. The Gorilla cages are going to be OUR RESERVATION. As two vastly different looking groups of human animals, we really DESPISE EACH OTHER and it's not getting any better and they have the UPPER HAND. We are so ROYALLY FUCKED. It's getting to a point of losing your damn mind every time a family member leaves their house. Are they going to return or get caught up in some shit or killed?????

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