The Image of Ghetto

There is a dangerous and intentional relation in the media between stupidity, ignorance, welfare and the social/psychological contraption called “ghetto”. When the word ghetto is used particular stereotypes arise quickly, these often times surround people being lazy, ignorant and violent. But what this term fails to highlight is the socially engineered predicament which many of these so called “ghetto” people face on a day to day basis.

In the media and definitely in corporate sponsored hip-hop there is a seemingly perennial attachment of black people, guns and drugs. Often times when a black person behaves a particular way, looks a particular or even speaks a certain way the ghetto badge is immediately thrown on their shoulders. This is where the danger arises when you irrationally label people by appearance. These people will probably whined up getting “randomly” stopped six times a day.

I don’t like it. It leads to pretentious behavior and low self-esteem in those designated to be of lower standing in society. The way you speak is a derivative of where you are from and you should never allow people on a foggy mission to cloud your vision. Furthermore these self-righteous and talkative class worshippers usually have nothing better to do or they are from the “ghetto” too and are ashamed so they are on a quest to rid the world of their roots.

Listen in these social settings liberal and new wave thinking is always active and it manifests in new art forms alien to the conventional norm. Just look at Reggae, Hip-Hop, Soul, Blues(Rock), Dancehall…etc they all started on the marks of poverty and have manifested into great gifts to culture.

So don’t be fooled the next time some one tries to throw you in their misconstrued idea of poverty, illiteracy and pity when they use the word ghetto.

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