â€œOh my god, he is so….GHETTO.â€
Itâ€™s a common expression these days. I hear it all the time from white folks, black folks, even Jay-Z himself. Mr. Beyonce may be using â€˜ghettoâ€™ as a self-referential complement, but for most people the word is an unmitigated insult...a verbal slap to the face.
When someone calls you ghetto, theyâ€™re calling you poor. Uncivilized. Theyâ€™re calling you black in the most stereotypical sense possible. For yâ€™all kids out there, Ghetto is Ratchet with a history of oppression.
Historical nerd myself, I had to find out the roots of the word. Funny thing isâ€¦turns out the first so-called ghetto wasnâ€™t West Oakland or Southeast DC. It wasnâ€™t New Yorkâ€™s Lower East Side. No, the first ghetto walls were built 500 years back, and they held in a certain Yiddish-speaking, bagel-eating people. My people. Who now seem to have a certain penchant for building separation walls ourselves.
Well, ok. LETâ€™S GO THERE.
Enjoy theÂ ghetto world tourâ€¦