- May 2014
You're confused about the meaning of American "ghettoes". In America, a ghetto simply means an ethnic or religious enclave, unlike in Europe, where a ghetto generally meant an area where Jews were forced to reside. To the extent that there have been Jewish American ghettoes, they were the product of Jewish people voluntarily choosing to live together. Thus, there is absolutely zero equivalence between the compulsory and restrictive Russian Pale and American Jewish ghettoes.