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Old 01-26-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Question Why is "Urban" sometimes used as euphemism for "Black" or "Black Culture?"

A lot of times "Urban" is used as a euphemism for black people, usually who live in a ghetto. That seems to limit the term "urban" down far too much, as many many other races and kinds of people live in "urban" areas.

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Old 01-26-2010, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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It's "politically correct." It's "offensive" to say "black" or "ghetto" (not that all black people are ghetto).
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:56 PM
 
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:02 PM
 
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In a larger context than just the areas of the urban landscape people of African American descent inhabit....I believe they simply are found more in 'urban areas' than in more rural areas.

Even in the South.

By the way doesn't 'euphemism' mean a nicer word for something unpleasant?
And is being 'black' considered unpleasant to you?
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:03 PM
 
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Good question. I've always thought of the term as meaning "inner city," and of course there are sizable Black populations in many inner cities across the nation.
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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In a larger context than just the areas of the urban landscape people of African American descent inhabit....I believe they simply are found more in 'urban areas' than in more rural areas.

Even in the South.

By the way doesn't 'euphemism' mean a nicer word for something unpleasant?
And is being 'black' considered unpleasant to you?
A lot of times people want to criticize "black culture," but to a lot of people its much easier to use the term "urban culture" when actually criticizing the "black culture."
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:09 PM
 
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Like it or not, black culture in a sense is a subset of urban culture. A high percentage of black population lives in and around urban centers.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:31 PM
 
Location: moving again
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Here are my thoughts. I may be wrong though:

Urban culture refers to the culture of the lower classes of cities, who happen to be majority black, and comprise the majority of the American black population? Is that right? This culture is associated with the urban ills of blight and crime leading to generalizations and stereotypes. Is that right?
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Like it or not, black culture in a sense is a subset of urban culture.
Exactly, its a *subset*. Its not urban culture in its entirety. I agree that black culture is a big part of urban culture, but it certainly is not ALL of urban culture.
Yet when one uses "urban" as a substitute for "black," they are basically making the claim that urban culture = black culture.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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In 2010 political correctness rules supreme. Most people dont have the backbone to stand up to it, so rather than use the phrase "black culture" they say something like, "crime is high in urban America". This allows them to make the statement they want to make without any reprocussions from the PC police. If you say "crime is high in black America" you will be labled a racist. Personally I dont care if those who are politically correct are offended by me, I will not be intimidated by them. In fact it brings a smile to my face when PC liberals get angry with the things I say.
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