While teaching Obama, I learned that apparently my students (overwhelmingly predominately white) think if black people aren’t ghetto, they aren’t really black.
And apparently “ghetto” has become a taboo word, because they didn’t want to say it. I had to say it. We had already laid out the biracial-not-really-black thing, and I thought the student was heading for the light-skinned-not-really-black thing, but no, “ghetto” was the thing ze was dancing around (“didn’t grow up like many black people, doesn’t talk like many black people”….sadly I was not equipped to offer a lecture on the black middle class and adequately demolish this).
Anyhow, watching Malia and Sasha grow up should help make the distinction between ghetto culture and black culture.