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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*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.
I had someone tell me that it was offensive to black people to use the word "ghetto" at all.
World English Dictionary
— n , pl -tos , -toes
1. sociol a densely populated slum area of a city inhabited by a socially and economically deprived minority
2. an area in a European city in which Jews were formerly required to li
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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I wasn't inferring that ANY race was less...I was referring to our school acting cheap. Aren't ghettos cheap to live in?
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.
Thank you alancaster149 and I have learned something new today. I was taught that the word slum means a run-down, squalid part of a city, inhabited by poor people. Ghetto means a section of a city in which all Jews were required to live.
I didn't say that. Look at my answer. Slum is an English word, ghetto is Italian for the same. Poor folk live in run-down areas. Jews - rich or poor - were only made to live in the Warsaw or Theresienstadt ghettoes due to political circumstances.
alancaster149 I must go read more of your hubs because I trust your knowledge and I am sure I will learn from them. Thank you.
I'm asking because I had a friend tell me that it is racist towards African Americans specifically. I am by no means racist.
No, no, no. I wasn't calling you a racist. Just to think it would offend anyone?
The word is in no way racist, except in the mind, or if it is used in a stereotypical, racist manner -' he is black so he comes from the ghetto.'