Euphemisms, Orwell argued, are not only inaccurate but often intentionally misleading, so it's right to start off with a description of East New York as a ghetto. Language choice is of paramount importance, especially when exploring the tangle of politics, race, greed, and poverty that went into the erosion of the southeast Brooklyn area. It's not the "inner city"—especially considering the neighborhood's location on the city's fringe—nor is it an "urban desert," but a true ghetto in the Warsaw sense: a location designed to house (barely), contain (effectively), and thin out (ultimately) entire groups of people deemed unwanted or parasitic by the powers that be. It's necessary to remember the genocidal... More >>>