Recently, a hubber proclaimed that he "went to the ghetto" and was "from the streets." It was used in a discussion question; however, this seems to be used by a lot of people who believe it's some type of badge of honor (well, that's my opinion). What kind of message is this person trying to convey? Having worked in an urban setting for more than 15 years, I still find this statement confounding. (photo: http://www.albundy.net)
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They either don't want people to think they "sold out" or they lack the self confidence to assimilate in mainstream society. You also see this with some former prisoners who have become "institutionalized". They're out of their comfort zone.