What Is A Ghetto?

“The ghetto, defined by the 1968 Kerner Commission as ‘an area within a city characterized by poverty and acute social disorganization and inhabited by members of a racial or ethnic group  under conditions of involuntary segregation.'”


This is a quote from David Fleming’s book City of Rhetoric.  This is the first time I have read an actual definition of the term “ghetto.”  Growing up in a primarily white middle class neighborhood I knew what a ghetto was, but  I never truly understood or was taught the circumstances behind how they formed.  Just by reading this simple definition I realize how the stigma surrounding these communities is insensitive and counter productive.

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