Donald Trump introduced a new word to his campaign vocabulary on Thursday afternoon in Ohio, and it may not go over well with African-American voters he is trying to woo by focusing on urban policy issues this week.
From Daily Mail
A day after he promised sweeping reforms that would revitalize inner cities, he used a slang word for slum-ridden downtown neighborhoods that few urban dwellers have embraced in decades.
‘We’re going to work on our ghettos,’ he said during a rally in Toledo.
‘You take a look at what’s going on, where you have pockets of – areas of land where you have the inner cities and you have so many things, so many problems. So many horrible, horrible problems. The violence. The death. The lack of education. No jobs.’
‘We’re gonna work with the African-American community and we’re going to solve the problem of the inner city,’ he pledged.
A Trump campaign spokesperson did not respond to a request for clarification about what the word ‘ghetto’ means to the Republican nominee for president.
Trump has connected urban blight to his marquee issue, linking a porous border with drug trafficking and blaming illegal immigrants for introducing life-twisting narcotics markets into economically depressed holes that dot American cityscapes.
But landing on that word – ‘ghettos’ – will be seen in some corners as a Freudian slip, a signal that Trump’s fixation on eliminating ‘political correctness’ can lead him to deploy insensitive language that isolates or offends Americans in key voting blocs.
Especially when the word comes at a campaign venue where he sees few non-white faces looking back at him.
The word ‘ghetto’ comes from a Latin verb that means ‘pouring’ or ‘casting.’ It originally referred to the slag stones ejected from iron foundries in Venice – the useless waste that was only suitable filling in holes.
Those first places called ‘ghettos’, walled-off sections of the Italian city near the smelters, were areas where Jews were forced to live long before Nazi Germany turned ghettos into disguised waiting rooms for deportation to death camps.
In 20th Century America, ghettos were places where ethnic groups – often comprised of recent immigrants – lived together because of prejudice or economic isolation. The American novelist Jack London wrote of an urban ‘working-class ghetto.’
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