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American perception of the Roma Gypsies


Roma Gypsies in Medieval Europe

Roma Gypsies in Medieval Europe

The New York Times (8 January 1992) published the results of a public opinion poll surveying national negative attitudes to fifty-eight different racial and ethnic populations in the USA over a twenty five year period. For the entire quarter century, Gypsies were ranked at the very bottom of the list, the most discriminated-against minority in the eyes of the general population. (via Romani Culture and Gypsy Identity By Thomas Alan Acton, Gary Mundy).

Photogravure of the painting La Danse du Sabre, by Jean Leon Gerôme.

Photogravure of the painting La Danse du Sabre, by Jean Leon Gerôme.

As Europeans went to the New World they carried their Old World prejudices also. This book talks about how the Romani Gypsies come at the bottom of the ethnic perception surveys. There seems to be total indifference to their social situation by the persecuting majority – unlike the affirmative actions taken for the African Americans in the USA or the reservation systems for uplift of various backward classes in India.

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