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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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On the contrary, the ghettoized Jews were attuned to their larger cultural landscapes in ways unanticipated by earlier generations.
Now-splintered, ghettoized, special-interest-dominated, apparently incapable of true collective effort for the sake of the common good-the last thing it needs is to be factionalized further.
"I was feeling ghettoized by what was expected of me," says Petronio, who emerged as the subversive "bad boy" of New York's downtown art scene at the height of the ACT UP era.
After all, Jews have been in Rome since the age of the Roman Empire and have been a more or less continuous (if sometimes ghettoized) presence in the city; there was no massive deportation of Jews from Italy during or after the Second World War (some 85 percent of Italian Jews survived the Holocaust); and no less an authority than Primo Levi claimed, in the 1980s, that there is no persistent anti-Semitism in Italy.
Wilder argues that blacks were "ghettoized in housing; subordinated in employment, gerrymandered in politics and isolated in social space," and that white New Yorkers saw African American advancement as directly antithetical to their own.
Admittedly, shorts, particularly animated shorts, are "ghettoized" at a feature-film event.
This celebration has been contentious in the past, since some African American artists felt ghettoized by performing only during this month.
She's made two other lesbian-themed movies--including Everything Will Be Fine, an Audience Award winner at Los Angeles's Outfest in 1998--but Maccarone doesn't want her films ghettoized. "I don't want just gay people to come see my films--I have sat through many heterosexual stories," she says with a laugh.
Started with a seven-hundred-pound bank loan (about $1,500), ZG was born out of Brooks's desire to expand the possibilities--and the audience--for art, a field she saw as becoming increasingly ghettoized. In her inaugural editorial Brooks laid out the territory that the new magazine would seek to address.