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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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Women musicians have been marginalized, ghettoized and stereotyped,'' said Carla DeSantis, editor and publisher of Rockgrl magazine, which is devoted to female performers.
Trotter also devoted great effort to peering inside newly formed black communities, noting internal divisions, and particularly class divides as a black bourgeoisie emerged to provide services to the ghettoized arrivals.
Gray's depiction of black women as ultrafeminine forest sprites amounts to a quiet polemic about the ways in which blackness has been ghettoized.
Suleiman's film deliberately blurs the line between realism and fiction to present a ``compilation of possible truths'' about middle-class Arabs trying to escape their ghettoized existence.
With gay people kicking ass on reality and game shows; with gay characters so common on sitcoms and dramas on prime-time broadcast and cable TV that you can barely keep track of them all; with Ellen DeGeneres the darling of daytime talk; with Broadway flooded by queer-friendly musicals like The Boy From Oz, Hairspray, and Avenue Q; with authors such as Allan Gurganus, Sarah Waters, and David Leavitt treated as major talents rather than ghettoized in the "gay" section; with out pop stars like Rufus Wainwright and Scissor Sisters becoming matter-of-fact; with scenes of men kissing men and women kissing women featured routinely on the local news as people fight for their basic civil rights, why is Hollywood so timid?
Born on the New Frontier, we now find ourselves ghettoized by our collective disappointments.
Gund, an enthusiast of the initiative, doesn't see it not working out, although she does acknowledge a possibility (at least a teensy one) that truly edgy and inconvenient contemporary art could find itself ghettoized across the East River.
The network says there's nothing ghettoized about its Night Out.