They are he world’s least respected large ethnic group but many are making major gains in the last several years.
A few years ago, I first learned of the horrific persecutions they have endured, not only from the Nazis in what they call the porrajmos (the devouring, a/k/a holocaust), but in general, throughout most of their history. I feel as a Jew that they have suffered more than we have!
It’s likely, actually. Most of the children in Romania’s notorious orphanages were Gypsy children, dumped there to die.
But then, I have met many people online, mostly Europeans, who tell me very negative things about them, and I have not heard even one good thing, which has me concerned.
When two large groups live near each other the more prosperous or more politically secure one tends to fear and project bad things on the other one.
What am I really think? I don’t want to dislike any ethnic or religious group,
as long as they are not harming anyone else
Ethnic groups don’t harm people. Individuals and ideological groups sometimes do. An entire ethnicity doesn’t jump up at once and run out to commit any crime.
But I’m an American and have had very limited exposure to Romany people. In fact I only know one, and he is a college professor.
You very likely know a few more than you think.
My mother used to say that as a child, people used to say the gypsies wander the earth because they made the nails to crucify Jesus :rolleyes: …I keep hearing things like that, and that they “all steal”, etc I even had an elderly woman try to tell me that in Europe, they steal babies :rolleyes:
And we know no one has ever said such things about anyone else… When people show their prejudice and lack of originality at the same time it is tiresome, isn’t it?
So because the only Romany people I’ve ever heard of are a college professor and the late actor Yul Brynner, I’d like to know what the truth is.
The truth is that because of discrimination that goes all the way back to a time of horrendous enslavement in the Middle Ages, the Gypsy peoples, of whom the Romany are one, have dealt with mistrust and persecution which became part of a vicious circle everywhere they went. They wandered, not because of innate restlessness, but in search of respect and hope and to avoid the periodic persecutions. And you have probably known quite a few.
Oh, and before I forget, what religion are they anyway? Anyone know?
many are Catholic, many are Baptist, many are Hindu, and some are other religions as well.