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What is your definition of the term “Ghetto” how it is classified/ how does it affect you?

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Question by krissylove: What is your definition of the term “Ghetto” how it is classified/ how does it affect you?
I personally DO NOT like the term “ghetto” because it is very sterotypical. I don’t concider myself “ghetto” just
because of what I wear or the music I listen to. I am an
educated black woman who can adjust and adapt to any enviornment that Icome across and no I don’t consider myself fake. At an early age, I learned how to walk and speak in front of important people and also on jobs and interviews.
I can talk my way into situations and I can talk my way out of them. I’m from the city of Los Angeles, Watts to be exact and I am proud of it. Just learn me and know me before you can actuatlly call me “ghetto”.
Let me narrow my question down.
I know the real definition of the word ghetto but how do you feel about being called ghetto just because of where you’re from?

Best answer:

Answer by RaBert
I wear ghetto clothing style and listen to ghetto music so are my other friends.

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12 thoughts on “What is your definition of the term “Ghetto” how it is classified/ how does it affect you?

  1. DidIGetAdopted? says:

    The term “ghetto” has a very ugly and brutal origin. A ghetto is where European Jews were assign to live, apart from other Europeans. It got even uglier during the Holocaust when the Polish Jews were all herded into one or two very crowded guarded neighborhoods where thousands starved to death and the survivors were herded to concentration camps.

    The American Black usage of ghetto is really a distortion of the term. Nobody in 21st century America forces anybody into specific neighborhoods that are guarded by people different from the residents.

    It is so sad that a word associated with the most diabolical period of recent history is so casually tossed around by a group of people who were NEVER systematically starved, gassed, and murdered by the millions. Did your demographic loose six million people in less than ten years?

    Maybe the Black American “street” subculture should adopt another name for it’s style, sound, look and lingo.

    And as I ask the “Goths” — If you’re such a nice, educated person on the inside, why look and behave in a manner opposite what you really are?

  2. Nitrogen says:

    Ghetto is urban slang for ‘Great’.

  3. Agrippina says:

    ghet·to ( P ) Pronunciation Key (gt)
    n. pl. ghet·tos or ghet·toes
    A section of a city occupied by a minority group who live there especially because of social, economic, or legal pressure.
    An often walled quarter in a European city to which Jews were restricted beginning in the Middle Ages.
    Something that resembles the restriction or isolation of a city ghetto: “trapped in ethnic or pink-collar managerial job ghettoes” (Diane Weathers).

  4. Ryan says:

    A Ghetto is an area where people from a specific racial or ethnic background or united in a given culture or religion live as a group, voluntarily or involuntarily, in milder or stricter seclusion. The word historically referred specifically to the Venetian Ghetto in Venice, where Jews were required to live; it derives from the Venetian gheto (slag from Latin GLITTU[M] cfr. Italian ghetta (slags)), and referred to the area of the Cannaregio sestiere, the site selected for the Ghetto Nuovo where an iron foundry cooled the slags (campo gheto). It was later applied to neighborhoods in other cities where Jews were required to live. The corresponding German term was Judengasse; in Moroccan Arabic ghettos were called mellah. The term now commonly labels any poverty-stricken urban area.

  5. Miserable says:

    I don’t really classify PEOPLE as being “ghetto” – I classify areas of town as “ghetto” – areas that are old and run down, located in a city, with scary people that hang out nearby (by scary I mean people who I am afraid might mug me).

  6. christee106 says:

    A ghetto is a run-down neighborhood, usually run by slum-lords. There might be infestations of mice, rats and/or cockroaches, and multiple repairs (or building condemnation) needed.

    What you like in music and clothing has nothing to do with the ghetto – unless you live in one.

    Everyone who lives in a ghetto (which can be people of any race or group) would like to get out, and move to suitable living conditions.

  7. honey brown 0001 says:

    I don’t use that word it just another name to keep the black person down

  8. glaff00 says:

    A ghetto is usually an area in a city where people of the same ethnic background tend to reside. Chinatown, Little Italy, etc. It is not necessarily the slums.

    All the Jews in Poland were located in parts of cities before the concentration camps. These were ghettos.

  9. uselegal says:

    OK .sister your from the getto .wait but that OK some peoples it scare the hell out of them .and know that your educated make them even more .but i tell you this .you have nothing to prove to theses races peoples .just live your life .latter

  10. go UCLA bruins! says:

    Los Angeles eh? I’ve seen South L.A. before. Anyway, ghetto originall meant a place for Jews during the time of Hitler’s Holocaust. Even before that, there were places throughout Europe where Jews were required to live. They were called ghettos. In the 1800’s, the Irish immigrants formed the first ghettos in the U.S. Slavery and discrimination often force Irish and Africans to live only in certain areas, making them ghettos. In the 1960’s the government housing projects for underclass Africans collapsed, giving the term “ghetto” the bad name that is has today.

  11. shorty1 says:

    usually the word “Ghetto” reffers to those people and towns/blocks of lower class. A lot of people use it to describe “racial” stereotypes.

  12. just common sense says:

    I think it is one of the saddest words in our language. It is a word that, once spoken or written, relegates all people who reside in a particular geographical area to a substandard and undeserving portion of our populace. It is a de-humanizing word, regardless of whether today’s kids use it as a new slang word or not.

    It is a summarizing word and the summary isn’t pretty. I lay the blame for much of this on the media. You mention being from Watts. What does the media show the general public of Watts? Do they show citizens who organize and donate time to youth centers? Do they show neighborhoods where children are playing on streets with homes that have manicured lawns and well-kept homes? Does the media ever show a car stop in front of Grandma and Grandpa’s house on Easter Sunday, with the grandchildren getting out of the car wearing their Easter dresses and suits and all excited about being at their grandparents’ house?

    I’ve never been to California, so I’ve not seen the Watts area; but, I cannot imagine that the *entire* area is like those portions shown on the news when something “newsworthy” is being reported by every channel that can get there.

    I cannot remember which book it was, but I believe that it was either “Amazing Grace” or “There Are No Children Here,” that was written about the ‘ghetto’ in a particular section of New York City by a man who took the time to get to know the people there ~ particularly the children, the working mothers and the elderly. The City could have done many things to and for the area, including removing the criminal element, restoring buildings, relocating the medical waste dump (yes, you read that right) or any number of things that could have been done to improve it for the benefit of the citizens, but that’s not what the City did. What the City did was use those funds, instead, to build a wall to hide it so that commuters didn’t have to see the ugliness from the highway.

    But the integrity of the majority of those the author interviewed and came to know … and the hopes and dreams of the children … those people were anything but “ghetto.”

    ADDENDUM: My apologies; I misread your question and thought you were wanting input for interpretations of the word and how it makes people feel and that is how i answered it. In light of your addendum to your question, I am unqualified to answer it as I was born in Europe, moved to the U.S. at the age of 2 and grew up in the country, rather than in an urban area. My feelings about the word, itself, though, and the feelings it evokes in me, still stand. Do you want me to delete my answer since it does not meet you exact criteria for the type of answer you were hoping to obtain? Thank you.

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