The Life of a Ladybug

live with intention. walk to the edge. listen hard. practice wellness. play with abandon. laugh. choose with no regret. continue to learn. appreciate your friends. do what you love. live as if this is all there is. -mary anne radmacher

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Ghetto

Very often, people use the word "ghetto" when describing something/someone judged to be inferior, sleazy, shoddy, sheisty, etc. Let's admit it. I've done it myself - I know you have, too. But, you know what? It's not okay. It's not okay to call things "ghetto", just as it isn't okay to call someone a "nigger" (even when spelled "nigga") or refer to something stupid as "gay". It's just not right. It's insulting. And I'm better than that - you're better than that! If you want to describe something as inferior or sleazy or whatever . . . use the proper word! Don't use "ghetto". It is not synonymous. And those of us who were born/raised/lived in the ghetto should know better than to somehow equate ourselves and our friends and family with degradation and stupidity. Think before you speak.

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