“Inner city” is a unique term used mostly in the United States, and is rarely used to describe an area near the center of a city. Some examples of neighborhoods described as inner cities are the South Side of Chicago, which is marginal to the Loop and the Bronx, an outer borough of New York City. In its common usage, it signifies poor, black, "urban" neighborhoods. Common uses of the term are “inner city youth,” and “inner city violence.” The term is used as signifier of black poverty, similar to the words urban and ghetto. This is inappropriate because it is used as a politically correct euphemism to avoid more racist terminology, but implies an inferiority or otherness of the black community without explicitly stating it. Sometimes euphemisms can be dangerous because they are unclear. Euphemisms also make it easier for us to go along with something that we would know was wrong if it were named honestly.
The expression Inner city is an inappropriate euphemism because although it is used as a politically correct euphemism to avoid more racist terminology, it implies an inferiority or otherness of the black community without explicitly stating it.
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