Over the weekend, we had a friend over to discuss a project. Every once in a while, I sprayed the room with water from a water bottle. After about the third time, our friend asked why we do that. We said to keep the room moisture at a comfortable level so we can breathe easily. We could have gotten a machine to do this, but we need to save money for a project, thus we can’t afford it.
The next thing that came out of their mouth didn’t really surprise us. “But that’s soghetto,” they said. We have to pick and choose our battles, so we took an L on making a statement.
When you hear the word “ghetto” in this context, it’s never in the positive light. Especially when you come up with a creative solution to a problem that can be backed up by science. It may not be a practical way to do this, but it gets the job done. Would you rather spend $50-$75 bucks on a machine that you’ll have to refill and spend more money burning up the electric bill, or would you rather spend $2 bucks on a water squirt bottle?
Here’s a funny thing for you to consider: when a White person does it, most of the times, they will be seen as thrifty, or creative, or even downright resourceful. But when PoC does the same thing, it’s none of these things. It’s simply ghetto. Whites would only use the word “ghetto” if the solution makes them look poor.
Have you ever notice that?