First of all, just because the less desirable/more dangerous parts of South Philly have more minorities living in them than do the more desirable/safer parts do, does not make this map racist. It is simply the way it currently is.
Secondly, crime maps are important but they only tell part of the story. First, a crime has to be reported in order to be included in those maps. Many crimes, especially nuisance issues go unreported. This map tries to take into account QOL issues (i.e. – abandoned and run down homes/businesses, vacant lots, etc.) as well as actual crime.
So maybe “safety map” isn’t the best title for this map but you can’t argue that somewhere in the red area is just as safe as somewhere in the blue area. Someone is much more likely to be mugged or witness a severe crime walking around 21st and Tasker than they are at 12th and Tasker.
Bottom line, this map was made for people who were unfamiliar with South Philly and I think it is pretty accurate in terms of highlighting which areas are more desirable and “safer” than others. For people who are familiar with South Philly, you already know which areas you like and which you don’t so you wouldn’t be using this map as a guide in the first place.