That’s So Ghetto!
Waiting for the elevator. It’s Monica (who’s Black), Emily (who’s White) and myself (who’s awesome). Emily was talking about how bad one of the restaurants near the office was. “There were like, loose tables and stuff. There were like, no napkins, like, ever. Like, it was just ghetto“.
Monica and I just looked at each other. I responded to Emily with a polite and completely bullshit “oh, wow”, but what I thought in my mind was, “the fuck you mean by ghetto?”. I know she didn’t mean any harm, but that was kinda racist. There’s a legal principle called Ignorantia juris non excusat ; it’s Latin for Ignorance of the law excuses no one. Which is especially true when dealing with people’s respective macrosystems and subjective social laws (please excuse the nerd in me real quick). A macrosystem is the cultural context in which you live. Sociohistorical, socioeconomic and psychosocial factors all play a part in how we interpret information and stimuli.
Emily didn’t think about any of that shit. Just talking away about a restaurant that no one cares about, while obliviously offending her coworkers.
Was I overreacting? Maybe you’re saying “But blog writer guy, ghetto doesn’t exactly mean Black. It’s not really that racist”. To which I would respond, “Oh word?”, because I highly doubt that little Emily from the office was referring to a holocaust ghetto.
Unlikely. If that were the case, Emily would seem just as, if not more, racist.
Remember the macrosystems. Or look like an asshole.