30 Ways White People Say 'Black People' Without Actually Saying 'Black People'

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1. Urban

2. Inner city

3. At risk

4. Low income

5. Thug

6. Welfare recipient/dependent

7. Any out of context reference to Chicago (This, btw, also works for Detroit.)

8. Drug dealer (Interestingly enough, not drug addict. Perhaps because drug addict implies a passivity and victimhood that drug dealer does not.)

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9. Single parent(s)

10. Renter(s)

11. Transient population

12. Section 8

13. Underprivileged

14. Low socioeconomic status

15. Underserved

16. Affirmative action

17. Marginalized

18. Disinfranchised

19. Vulnearble

20. Minority/minorities

21. Hip-hop

22. Ghetto

23. Diverse people/population

24. Depressed neighborhood/school/people/population

25. High-crime neighborhood/school

26. Gang-related

27. Sketchy block/neighborhood

28. They

29. Those people

30. Them

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Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB and a columnist for GQ.com. His debut memoir in essays, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins), is available for preorder.