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The word "ghetto"


If I used the word "ghetto" to describe an institution's inability to do something, is that word offensive to African Americans? It wasn't used to degrade a person but used as a term to describe the cheapness of a company. What do you think?

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Best Answer Alan Robert Lancaster (alancaster149) says

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    Alan Robert Lancaster (alancaster149) 4 years ago

    *Industrial north-western Liverpool and Manchester, and north-eastern Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Middlesbrough housed migrant workers from Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as rural England. Disease, snobbery and accidents whittled them down.

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    Author Nicole Canfield (kittythedreamer) 4 years ago

    I had someone tell me that it was offensive to black people to use the word "ghetto" at all.


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    Author Nicole Canfield (kittythedreamer) 4 years ago

    I wasn't inferring that ANY race was less...I was referring to our school acting cheap. Aren't ghettos cheap to live in?

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    Author Nicole Canfield (kittythedreamer) 4 years ago

    delmer47 - You're absolutely right. I just felt like she should know that I'm by no means trying to offend or refer to anyone as "lower class"...I was just pissed at my school for acting poor! LOL.

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    Alan Robert Lancaster (alancaster149) 4 years ago

    Mick S saw the word has nothing to do with Jews in WWII. It goes back a long way, to substandard housing - as in England in the 18-19th Centuries. Nowadays the word slum is used, but it's the same thing.


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    Author Nicole Canfield (kittythedreamer) 4 years ago

    I'm asking because I had a friend tell me that it is racist towards African Americans specifically. I am by no means racist.


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