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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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The Transformation of American Catholicism clearly demonstrates that Pittsburgh Catholics were moving away from those traditional weapons to fight materialism, namely devotions and the ghetto mentality, at least ten years before Vatican II ended.
A third characteristic of cults is to emphasize the sharp division that exists between "believers" and "unbelievers" and the consequent development of a "ghetto mentality." Although it is true Christians are, in the words of one theologian, "resident aliens" in this world, cults will inevitably force its members to associate only with other members.
Second, the suppression created a ghetto mentality among the membership, a deeply ingrained sense of the need to hide or cover up adherence to this proscribed religion.
He has found a different route out of the ghetto mentality, but somehow ended up as a fighter anyway.
They're the ones who vilified the black middle class and deified the black revolutionary--armed, dangerous, and straight out of some ghetto mentality. Then came Blaxpoitation.
"IRA-Sinn Fein is intent on establishing a ghetto mentality between the two traditions in order to provide a basis for an ultimate Bosnia-type civil conflict," said the manifesto.
Their sheer numbers and diversity mitigate against a "ghetto mentality" among Miami's Latinos, who are represented in every class, rather than existing as a separate, mostly marginalized culture.
Hence time has come for the Church in India to get out of its ghetto mentality and build alliance with all organizations and groups who are committed to safeguard the secular and pluralistic democracy of India and human rights of all citizens.
We may have all the colours of the rainbow living round here, but a self-inflicted ghetto mentality afflicts too many communities.
The leaders and elders should advise the youth to put the past behind them, get over this ghetto mentality, shun hatred , abjure mindless rage to direct their energies towards achievement orientation like the rest of the youth of the country.
The Israeli leadership seems now in the grips of a "ghetto mentality" racing against the modern times of pluralism and coexistence, when nations are moving toward a globalized 21st-century identity of citizenship by allegiance, regardless of race, creed or gender, and at a time when the French translation of Israeli academic Shlomo Sand's "The Invention of the Jewish People" is granted this year's French prestigious Aujourd'hui Award for a book which argues that Zionism in modern times "invented" the concept of the "Jewish people" as well as their "imaginary" historical connection to Palestine.