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ghetto

A term with its origins in eastern Europe, used to designate the part of town occupied by Jewish citizens. Now the term ghetto is used to describe any urban area suffering significant deterioration, often predominated by one or a very few ethnic or racial groups. Disputes often arise regarding whether lenders, insurers, and other service providers are engaged in illegal discrimination when they redline these neighborhoods, or whether they are assessing risks based on the quality of the infrastructure and not on any judgments regarding the inhabitants.
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By the 1960s three factors had come together to break down this ghetto mentality and create within the Catholic community fervor for evangelism that continues today.
Nonetheless, the principal Protestant influence on Roman Catholicism has been stimulus through example, the breaking down of the ghetto mentality that in turn has led to the significant and ongoing growth of the church.
Before 1989, Christians were trying to survive under an all-encompassing totalitarian police regime, and lived with fear and suspicion, enclosing themselves defensively with a ghetto mentality.
Having remarried in 1989 (she has an eight-year-old son) Reba's career has flourished as she has embraced an increasingly pop-based mainstream approach, although she has still been a victim of the ghetto mentality of country music, or rather the way in w hich country is perceived.
They discovered the riches of other traditions, experienced the kindness and help of non-Orthodox Christians, gradually emerged from their ghetto mentality and shared their particular wisdom with others.
In contrast with the new generation of black acts who seem torn between the dictates of (mostly white-run) record companies and the ghetto mentality of many rap and hip-hop artists, Bailey asserts Earth Wind and Fire's almbracing ideology remains very mu ch intact.
On the other, the Irish tricolour is the symbol of an outdated ghetto mentality.