I know I’ve complained about seeing a lot of hatred on Tumblr, but I also know that the people here like to help others. If you would please read at leastsomeof this blog and get involved, it would greatly be appreciated.
A few highlights you probably didn’t know about Roma oppression and discrimination:
- We don’t all live in trailers and mobile homes, but many do because of housing discrimination. As the blog states, “no one wants a ‘Gypsy’ family as neighbors.”
- Other places that Roma live are often ghettos and slums, once again because of housing discrimination.
- We are constantly being slandered. The blog cites many articles that print falsified stories of Roma being thieves and criminals. Many of us, just like everyone else, are law-abiding, tax-paying citizens.
- Up until nearly 1990, Romani women in Czechoslovakia were forcibly sterilized.
- Hitler declared us “asocial” during the Holocaust and rounded us up along with the Jews to be put in camps and killed.
- Today, there are many hate crimes against Romani. In fact, my mother has called me to tell me she may have to move again because Germany is talking about deporting the Romani. She left France because she was deported. Now, I may not even be welcome in my home country anymore.
Those are just a few of the horrors we face. People still hate us. Oh, and just for general education, “Gypsy” is not a nice word. Neither is “gypped”, which according to the blog above, was used by President Obama. He has still not apologized for the offense to the U.S.’s and the world’s Romani population. If you don’t understand why, think of what “gypped” means, and imagine someone applying that term to you.
People don’t care for us. An article I once read said that two Romani children once drowned at an Italian beach, and no one seemed to care. Why? Because of their heritage.
Not to mention the fact that we have been forcibly assimilated and lost much of our culture. I have seen Americans, wanting to find somewhere they belong, find their heritage. People are trying to take ours from us.
Just something to think about.
Oh, and the blog above mentions lead poisoning in the water supply of Kosovo and gives links to donate to help the kids and their families. These people are usually very poor. If you would donate or begin a fundraiser, I would love you forever