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I'm Black Every Month: Where did the Ghetto Come From?

We are BACK with the second post in our 'I'm Black Every Month' series as we honour Black History Month! If you have no idea what we're talking about, we are definitely judging you but it is our three week series where we uncover the history behind some of the stigma's within the Black community! Last week we talked about why Black people don't swim, and this week were are talking about the ghetto and how that even came about!

Not to toot our own horn or anything but TOOT TOOOOOOOOOT!!!! We had our very first interview y'all with the Rhema Foundation Canada! We sat down and spoke about the beginnings of this blog, as well as our current series 'I'm Black Every Month' for their own series celebrating Black local creatives for Black History Month! If you wanna check out the interview, you can find it here!

You know what we're going to say next...don't forget to follow us on Instagram! @tgood.life

I'm sure you have heard of various communities throughout the city being labelled as ghetto, and it's not surprising if you have tried to avoid these areas. It's okay if you have, this is a safe space. But lets be real for a second, what races mostly live in these so called "ghetto" communities? I'll help you out, Black people and other marginalized populations. Do you think this was just a coincidence? That Black people just conveniently happened to all live in these areas? Like everything else in this world, these communities were designed this way.

Let me explain...

Alright class, we are going to be talking about residential segregation, this topic not only involves race, but class is also brought into the equation. Historically, house patterns have been shaped by race-based policies and practices. Okay, but what does that look like? It looks like real estate agents racially steering buyers towards certain areas, and discriminatory practices by banks. That history also includes white homeowners using physical threats and violence to keep minorities out of their neighbourhoods.

It was very difficult for Black families to obtain loans for homes in the neighbourhoods in which they were confined to. The lack of loan capital lead to a drastic decline in property value and established a pattern of disrepair, vacancy, and abandonment, resulting in these areas being referred to as the slums or the ghetto.

Trust me, this conversation can go on and on. We could talk about the high crime rates in these areas, we could talk about the student success rate, heck, we could even talk about community helpfulness not being shared across racial lines. But this post was created to provide a very quick and small snapshot of the history behind so called "ghetto" communities. Hopefully it was just enough information to form an interest in this topic, that will encourage you to expand your knowledge way beyond this post.


* This post wouldn't be possible without the valuable information shared by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum in 'Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?'

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