Persecution of the Roma
I’ve been reading about what’s been going on in France with the forced expulsion and terrorizing of the Rom people. It has been very hard to comprehend how in this era, in this day and age, where human rights are a subject everyone is familiar with, and progress seemed to be being made albeit slowly, that this criminal “ethnic cleansing” could actually be taking place.
I am a part of that race. My heart is bleeding for these people.
On the internet, I have read comments from people that would turn your blood to ice. I don’t understand why they allow those posts to remain. If they were referring to african-americans, latinos or asians, they would be removed the second they were posted.
This Hatred of the Gypsy and traveller races has got to stop. Now. Real harm is being inflicted on my people all over the world due to this prejudice and ignorance.
For many years, my family told me never to tell anyone about that part of my heritage, fearing that I would be judged or hated, or that it would affect my career.
However, being the rebellious soul that I am, I put it on my arm for the whole world to see. I wanted the world to see not only the wrong that was done in the second world war, but also to see that I was Rom, I was a successful talented Artist, and a member of society. In my own small way, I wanted to do whatever I could to change the stereotypes.
I am proud to be Rom, as I am proud to be Cherokee and Blackfoot.
There is SO MUCH pain in this world, so much suffering already, we must as a species, evolve out of these patterns of racism and war and hatred. Its useless, and it achieves nothing. We must become more aware of ourselves, our impact on each other, and on the planet’s ecological balance.
Great strides have been made in the last fifty years towards these changes, but many many more are still to be overcome.
The Gypsies and traveller people have been reviled, feared, and tormented throughout history. Its time for that to end once and for all.
Please, take the time to go to RomaRights.net, or the European Roma Rights Centre, and sign the petitions to stop this xenophobic racist, crime being committed against the Roma peoples. You can also follow @romarights and @ERRCtweets. Thank you.
In addition, you can watch this news story.
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