Originally Posted by Skyguy_7
Study did not use "ghetto" as a racist pejorative. It simply means a run-down, dilapidated, dangerous neighborhood, in need of help. If you believe "ghetto" refers to only black-americans or latinos, you should read up on the ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe or the White ghettos of South Africa. Or take a drive through rural Alabama. To most, the term is a non-trigger.
in need of help by whom? run down by who's standards? we are talking about the late 20th/21st century American urban use of the term, which is loaded by any measure, especially by who happens to be wielding it.
my SO grew up in a neighborhood that some might refer to by that term. to her it was and remains simply home, and is inhabited by people with close bonds who care deeply about their community and take pride in their homes. if you dont understand why someone living there would find it offensive to have judgement cast by an outsider, whether due to culture or appearance or simply your ZIP code, then you are horribly out of touch and my criticism stands. of course everyones opinion suddenly changes as soon as there is a killing to be made on real estate speculation and then magically it becomes "up and coming" once its convenient to culturally appropriate what was once looked down upon to sell that most sought after authenticity
and i think its high time we retire "third world countries" from the lexicon too while we're at it too, but i digress