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“.


Emily.... -___-

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.

This restaurant was oppressive and genocidal?

Unlikely.  If that were the case, Emily would seem just as, if not more, racist.

Remember the macrosystems.  Or look like an asshole.

5 Responses to “That’s So Ghetto!”
  1. alyse says:

    You are so right…its all about the macrosystem and we all know what she really meant by ghetto. She knows it too…smh.

  2. Nesha J. says:

    I totally agree… white people @ my school (Univ. of Michigan) use “ghetto” very frequently and I always give them the *raised brow face* to signal that it is inappropriate!

  3. Blanonymous says:

    Oh come on, we use “that’s so ghetto” like that too. Don’t front y’all!

  4. Ash says:

    This gets under my skin more than anything… Today this chick in our office mentions how “Ghetto” Discover Mills Mall has become. (Right) So the other black chick in the office asks in a purely inquisitive manner, “What do you mean when you say something is ghetto?” The white chick responds, “It doesn’t mean BLACK,” completely ignoring the question that was asked. Now if she “knew” that my black co-worker would be offended by her use of that term (which her defensiveness suggests) why even bother using the word “Ghetto” to begin with? UGH!!! Thanks for the post.

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