I'm currently reading the play "The Raisin In The Sun," and I wanted to know what exactly "ghetto-itis" means?

In Act 1 Scene 2

Beneatha says "Yes...we've all got acute ghetto-itis."

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The condition in which one finds themself believing the world around them is ghetto and or the "street lifestyle" Which is and attributes to the closely related condition someone is called when they believe they are of African American descent yet are merely caucasian or of other decent, commonly known as a "Wigger". Symptoms within the specified condition include the liking of music which has lyrics describing street life... ex. Rap or other "Street Music", Clothing may change as well to that of what most people would expect that is advertised or the "Fad" of Ghetto life... but most importantly is the speech in which ones grammer spelling and even spoken word is slurred into slang and street talk or Ghetto speak of sorts. Beneatha thinks she is better than her family and because she is educated. That is why she use the term ghetto-itis. Hope this helps!!

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