Great American hegemony - our definitions count, yours don't, wherever you are.

It’s weird I can google and find references to UK ghettos, also Islamic “no go” zones referenced as Islamic ghettos.

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Pretty sure catholic ghettos in North Ireland are a thing. Is there really an instance since WWII that ghetto hasn’t been used to describe where some “other” group lives?

The famous yuppie ghettos of Amsterdam.

Except I’m not doing that,I’m saying a phrase he used has a somewhat racist connotation.
And I fundamentally disagree that racist stuff isn’t racist if the person saying it doesn’t know it is, that’s my whole point here. Zwarte Piet is racist af even if the Dutch don’t think they mean any particular insult by it. I’m not saying they’re all racist, I’m saying this thing is super insulting to a ton of people and perpetuates a derogatory stereotype. You can do that out if ignorance, not just malice.

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Self-awareness? Context here is everything, as I’ve been saying.

No, it’s your mistake dude. Phrases don’t have fixed connotations that transfer perfectly intact to other countries every time, especially when those other countries don’t even use one of the words in a phrase.

You’re so culturally impoverished and bereft of knowledge of the world you think Americans can decide what terms are racist elsewhere, based solely on their use in USA#1. You’ve got the government you deserve. Fuck off again.

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It looks like we can add to that list above your ignorance of how languages work and how meanings change with time and location.

Oh now this sounds more interesting than your risible attempts to impose cultural hegemony on the rest of the world. Which past posts are you referring to, conceited clown? Your pomposity and self-importance have always been there for all to see but here they are frankly off the scale.

You’re losing your mind. If lockdown loneliness is getting to you you could always create another imaginary lockdown gf.

At least some countries are willing to discuss racism. Czechs are full-on racist while still flat out denying it. Even the most left-leaning people here have some hate for at least one nationality or religion. Pretty much everybody here hates Roma and does little to hide their disgust.

There are no prefaces before making them. They’re just said. Here are some interesting images and articles:

86% of Czechs are opposed to non-EU migrants

The article above deals with perceptions of “mixed” relationships. Guess which country is most racist in the EU.

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Starting with 2:30 might be interesting.
" If I think of black face I think of lynching, when my husband does he thinks of Christmas".

“I did some researching, some digging, on wikipedia because that’s how you learn things in America.”

It’s only funny because it has some truth.

Re title change yeah it’d sure be a shame

I guess to a Euro “Ghetto blaster” isn’t racist against black people.

I mean it’s not like the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto had boom boxes. Now, if they were all blowing their shofars willy-nilly…

The phrase obviously came from American TV and was adopted here by black and white youths alike despite “ghetto” not being a UK thing.

Those posters saying “Oh look I’ve googled some references to British ghettos” are, hopefully with the best of intentions but again ignorantly, quoting mainly from far right newspapers some of which actually supported Hitler ffs. I wonder why those sources might want to create the idea of ghettos here?

Yeah far right racists are the people who use the term here too.

Like, “oh in Britain we don’t even USE the word ghetto, how can it be racist?” followed up with “those instances you found of British people using the word ghetto are all racists who liked hitler, what do you expect?”… seriously, you need to re-evaluate here.

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I lived for 15 years in the UK, 7 in the Philippines and the rest in Australia. I wouldn’t have thought of it as racist, but I can definitely see that it is.

Doubling down on this is weird.

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Again, no, you’re missing the point. The phrase ghetto blaster was adopted here along with other Americanisms , probably mainly because it was American and thus was assumed to be hip, without consideration of its usage.

If someone can convince me it had racist connotations here (not only in the US) I’ll gladly not use it again, but you’re a long way off doing that.

Again, refer to the thread title.

Well there you are. The reason you wouldn’t have thought of it as racist here is because of common usage.

I don’t know what you mean by doubling down in this case.

Also, in b4 someone follows cuserounder down his rabbit hole by comparing it with the n word again.

Ok so let me follow the logic here.

America - a DEEPLY racist country - develops a term for a boom box. The term is, in America, understood to be racist and was developed in concert with a bunch of actual attempts to stop black people from using them in the street. The reason it’s racist in America is because American racists derogatorily call black neighborhoods ghettos.

In Britain, you guys hear Americans using this term and pick it up. British people are aware that America is super racist, and racists in Britain ALSO use “ghetto” as a derogatory term for black neighborhoods. There is no non-racist connotation for “ghetto” in Britain, you just claim that Britain doesn’t have any ghettos which… ok? Based on that, you confidently claim that in Britain, the term can’t possibly be racist. Except when the racists use it, I guess.

I just really don’t understand what’s different between the two. Its like some dude who hangs a swastika on his apartment wall being like “In America there are no negative connotations to this. The only people you even see using swastikas in America are legit hitler supporting nazis. Maybe in Germany they had some racist intent, I just like the design”

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