How to cope/adapt/deal with a ghetto/urban/trashy environment?! I'm completely serious with this topic. And before anyone says anything, I don't care if what I'm about to say is offensive.
So, here's the deal: I recently started cosmetology school about 4 weeks ago, and suffice it to say, it's been a complete culture shock. (Well not necessarily a 100% culture shock as you'll see when I explain further). But to put it bluntly, the school is majority Black. And honestly, these people really do act stereotypically ghetto, trashy, and uneducated.
Oh, let thee count the ways: Let's see, 1) they don't speak proper English, 2) they speak with a 'ghetto accent' (freaking AAVE), 3) they can't pronounce big words, 4) I can't prove it but I believe they are subliminally racist of Whites, 5) they're obsessed with rap/hip-hop/r&b, 6) even the very few White girls are 'redneck' or worse 'urban', there's no 'normal' White girls, and last but not least, 7) they have all already severely outcasted me (surprise, surprise). This is all extremely irritating and stressful for me, as far as I'm concerned. Not to mention, I'm a very obsessive person.
As far as the speaking goes: I believe it is perfectly understandable if a person is from another country or English is not their first language, and therefore they do not speak English with a perfect American accent. But for the life of me, I cannot stand 'trashy American accents, such as 'redneck' and 'ghetto' in particular. (Both of which are the trashy accents I am regionally exposed to here in Houston, Texas).
This whole entire situation is giving me a plethora of PTSD, paranoia, flashbacks, nightmares of my childhood in elementary, middle school, and the youth group at church in which I was a quote-on-quote 'White Minority' and received severe bullying and racism from Blacks and Non-White_Latinos just for being White and/or looking White. Ironically enough, I may not even be 'White' depending on who you ask since in all technicalities I am half European half Middle Eastern descent. But since I look more European and since we live in a society that treats you based on your looks, certain Non-Whites think it's okay to give me what they believe is a justified dose of 'Reverse Discrimination'.