Ad blocker interference detected!
Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers
Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.
The term ghetto historically meant the Jewish district of a European town, especially in Italy, before Napoleon freed the Jews from this confinement around 1800. The original Ghetto was the name given to the Jewish quarter of Venice (which still bears that name). By 1900 it came to mean the Jewish neighborhoods of New York City, and soon was applied to other ethnic neighborhoods in U.S. cities. There is an implication that a ghetto is closed and outsiders are not welcome.
After 1950 the term changed meaning to refer to big city neighborhoods in the U.S. that were over 90% black. Typically they are poor and crime-ridden, so the term "ghetto" picked up these connotations. "Inner city" is a synonym. Thus Martin Luther King said, "In the ghettos of Chicago...the problems of poverty and despair are graphically illustrated.".
By extension "ghetto" also means any closed, underpaid sector of the labor force which is hard to escape.
|This page uses content from Conservapedia. The original article was at Ghetto. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. Conservapedia grants a non-exclusive license for you to use any of its content (other than images) on this site, with or without attribution. Read more about Conservapedia copyrights.|