The Roma: The History of the Romani People and the Controversial Persecutions of Them across Europe

The Roma: The History of the Romani People and the Controversial Persecutions of Them across Europe by Charles River Editors 170072343X 9781700723437
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*Includes pictures
*Includes a bibliography for further reading
"We are all wanderers on this earth. Our hearts are full of wonder, and our souls are deep with dreams." - Old Romani Proverb
In the 21st century, cultural differences and individuality are often celebrated and protected across much of the world, and given societys conscientious awareness of such phenomena, it is therefore all the more surprising when considering the ignorance or indifference that the world at large exhibits towards the Romani people. Otherwise known as the "Roma," or by their popular misnomer, "the gypsies," the members of this highly undervalued and grossly misrepresented community have long been considered outcasts.
More often than not, the Romani are branded by even those who fancy themselves liberals as "pikeys," "gyppos," and "gips." Theres also a regrettably common term, "gypped," meaning "to cheat, or swindle," which perpetuates the damaging stereotype that the Roma are dishonest nuisances and societal pests. Even well-intentioned attempts to shine the spotlight on the community have sometimes been counterproductive, for they are often reduced to no more than exotic, whimsical entertainers for the privileged. According to a shocking email authored by an anonymous whistleblower in 2012, the staff at the Laurieston Job Center in Glasgows Southside regularly referred to their Romani customers as "gypos, scum, beggars, suicide bombers, thieves, and [pedophiles]." The whistleblower cited the staffs disturbing comments regarding an unnamed Romani woman, who had brought her two children along to the job center: "The staff were all joking and saying they should sanction her for claiming whilst pimping out her kids. They then went on to make horrible remarks about the children, saying they were mongs."
On August 5th of the same year, over 700 far-right "activists" stormed the heavily Romani-populated Hungarian village of Devescer. "Gypsy criminals," the mob chanted as they hurled rocks, paving stones, and other projectiles at the homes of their prey. "We will set your homes on fire. You will burn inside your homes!" The police, who were called to the scene, supposedly stood on the sidelines with their arms crossed, unwilling to intervene.
The dangerous blanket statements issued by various European politicians in recent years are also a cause for concern. In 1992, Bert Karlsson, a prominent member of the Swedish New Democracy Party, claimed that "Gypsies [were] responsible for 90% of crime against senior citizens." In June 2008, the conservative Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ordered the fingerprinting of the 150,000 Romani, children included, as a way to crack down on street crime. In France, political parties from either end of the spectrum have blamed the Romani for the nations problems, economic and otherwise. The Gypsies, asserted one interior minister, were responsible for one in every 10 crimes. Its fair to wonder why the abhorrent treatment of the Romani continues to slip below the radar of many social justice warriors, particularly in this age of globalization. This is all the more confounding given that many are aware of the ways the Roma have been persecuted over several centuries, most notoriously during the Holocaust.
The Roma: The History of the Romani People and the Controversial Persecutions of Them across Europe examines their history, from their origins to today. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Roma like never before.

Author: Charles River Editors

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 56

Publisher: Independently published

Publication Date: 2019-10-18


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