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14 Unbelievably Racist Things European Politicians Are Saying About the Roma

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Anti-Roma hate speech in Europe is nothing new. But somehow, it's always worse than you expect.

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Alexandra Rodda (180)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 5:18 am
Hard times bring out the best and the worst in people.Maybe they just exaggerate what is already there. I've not really appreciated what racial hatred is until I saw those pictures of the European politicians.
Gypsies give back a lot and the world would be poorer without them.
Here is something that they give back:

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 5:44 am
Ranting on and on about racism is wrong but I don't know anyone who is willing to accept crime and abuse in his neighborhood no matter is who is doing it.

James Travers (6)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 5:51 am
This is appalling. Both the treatment of the Roma and civilization's rapidly deteriorating education. I suppose this may be petty on my part but it's a pet peeve and I've been seeing it more and more often in the media. There is a difference between racism and bigotry. As someone whose family icludes members of all three "races" this bothers me.

There are technically three races. (in my opinion only one... human) but scientifically there are three. The Roma are technically Caucasian as are the idiots who are making bigoted comments about them, so these comments are NOT Racist. They are bigoted and prejudiced and definitly ignorant but not racist unless those fools making the ridiculous statements are Asian or Black.

Alexandra G (250)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 6:19 am

Howard Crosse (21)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 6:44 am
Bigotry is caused by ignorance and is far from restricted to Europe. What is causing the Roma to come to particular attention at the moment is that from January next year citizens of Romania and Bulgaria, seen as being where a large number of Roma people live, will gain the freedom to live anywhere they like within the EU. In the UK when other countries, Poland in particular, gained these rights we saw a much, much larger than expected influx of immigrants from Poland than had been expected (estimates vary but a figure of 1,000,000 seems the most common, when around 50,000 had been expected). There is noting wrong with this and people are growing used to their new neighbours but people are afraid of what they don't understand and this cannot be easily overcome particularly at a time when our public services, including our health care, which is largely free for those from EU member countries, are facing unprecedented cuts.
are facing the widest range of cuts ever seen

Lindsay K (6)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 7:25 am
How are we ever going to get along together if we don't respect each other, and stop making assumptions that are untrue and unhelpful?

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 7:33 am
I think the answer is, as Alexandra R., points out, "exaggeration."
Hard times lead people to find scapegoats: Roma, Jews, immigrants (from wherever)etc. Anyone who can be seen, or labeled as "different" from "us."
"Us" are ALWAYS the good guys, innocent as newly fallen snow!

Ben O (171)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 7:49 am
Unbelievable indeed! I don't think we will EVER learn from history. I wish that I'm wrong of course.
Here's an article from last year, and it doesn't make me optimistic...
"The new fascism in Europe":

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 8:18 am
Noted TY Cal

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 10:27 am
The trouble is they have always had the tag of fighting, stealing, leaving rubbish everywhere and general bad behaviour I dont know how they are going to change this image
My ancestors were from Romany Gypsy families who left the communities and settled like a lot do but its sad

ewoud k (68)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 12:08 pm
Noted. Thanks Cal!

What can be said to counterpart this?

We've seen articles like this often here on Care2, and even in this -isn't it?- tolerant environment there are from time to time comments that make you shiver, comments that try to explain that in fact Roma are ....(ok, I'm not repeating all that could be read).

Hard times (but mind you, the same thing happens in the not-bad times) make the last ones who entered the country (or town, or neighborhood, or workplace) the black sheep, the one who brought in all the evil.

Add to that that the Roma didn't have a 'dedicated' kingdom/country but continued their nomad-like lifestyle longer than other groups, and you have your mixture of "reasons" to exclude them, to blame them and -as happened in the past- eliminate them.

All people are equal they say, but many add in their heads a phrase like 'but they're not people'.


Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 1:38 pm
So America can say "See, we're not the ONLY idiots, racists, etc.." *heavy sigh* We really do tend to repeat History, and that is Very scarey for Anyone in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 5:54 pm
Any mobile group of people could be considered suspicious. In America..we have "snowbirds" who travel the country usually during the winter months. Usually seen in groups or caravans. Most are called "retirees" or "senior citizens" . Watch out for them. Age has made them crafty! Lock your doors.

criss s (4)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 6:29 am

Fortunal T (89)
Friday November 29, 2013, 12:11 pm
Noted and shared on fb. :( Sad truth!
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