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    Does "ghetto scholar" mean "the scholar studying ghetto"?

    I'm smart yet edgy, traditional yet rebellious.... Think old-school mother meets cultural modernist; ideation freak meets focused strategist; ghetto scholar meets spiritual intuitive...

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: ghetto scholar

    It could. Or it could just mean he is from the "ghetto."

    (I would not use the word "ghetto" at all. It would probably be considered offensive. this author's use of the term indicates to me that he is from there, thus "allowed" to use the word.)

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    Default Re: ghetto scholar

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    Does "ghetto scholar" mean "the scholar studying ghetto"?

    I'm smart yet edgy, traditional yet rebellious.... Think old-school mother meets cultural modernist; ideation freak meets focused strategist; ghetto scholar meets spiritual intuitive...

    Thank you.

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    (1) As Key Member Soothing Dave said, it would be helpful not to use the word

    "ghetto" in conversation or writing.

    (2) As you know, hundreds of years ago, the word "ghetto" referred to special areas

    in European cities where Jewish people were required to live.

    (3) Then later, this word was applied to areas of big American cities where African-

    Americans lived.

    (4) Today many people often use the word "urban [city] areas" to refer to areas where

    there are many African-Americans or Hispanics (people who come from Spanish-

    speaking countries).

    (a) For example, many people nowadays are offended if you refer to "black music,"

    but it's OK to refer to "urban music."

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    Default Re: ghetto scholar

    A ghetto is a part of a city, especially a slum area, occupied by a minority group or groups. A ghetto scholar would, in all likelihood, be a resident of these areas who considers himself (or is considered by others) as a specialist in one or more disciplines. The “scholar” may or may not have received any formal education or earned any diplomas. He or she is also likely to have “street smarts” (intelligence gained outside of school). I too consider ghetto to be a highly pejorative word and would only use it when providing a definition or writing about historical events.


    John

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    Default Re: ghetto scholar

    It's an informative explanation.

    Thank you all.

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