What do people mean we are not oppressed?!
My family hid their ethnicity since coming to this country. Maybe I should start posting ignorant and racist asks, taking pictures of some of the private messages that I have received for speaking on behalf of my ethnicity.
We are NOT even recognized as an ethnic minority here. That means we have one Hell of a time reporting hate crimes, which do occur. There are still “gypsy” crime units in police departments throughout the south. They don’t prosecute ethnic Romani; they prosecute nomadic criminals. What sort of racist message does that send.
I live in PA. In New Jersey, Romani people were not allowed to rent property, sell certain goods, and host gatherings until 1998. That’s not a mistake: 1998.
Until 1998, it was LEGAL for New Jersey state government to enact laws prohibiting the movement and economic well being of Romani persons.
We are constantly accused of not paying taxes, stealing, and being con artists. We have to sit there and listen to off hand comments & racist remarks and cannot say anything about it because we would give up our ethnicity.
No, it’s not as bad as Europe, but it’s not exactly good here, either. Why do you think so many of us claim other ethnicities. Because it’s better to be anything else but Romani in America.
Just the other day, someone spat at my fucking car after looking at me. That’s what we get just for being Romani in public.
I really cannot stand stand when people say “you’re not being oppressed in the US” because, one, you’re not Romani, you can’t tell me how bad my ethnicity is off here. That’s not for you to gauge. Secondly, there are numerous ways Romani people are being oppressed in America. It may not be as bad as Europe, where in many places our basic rights are stripped, we are murdered, raped, and physically assaulted for no reason other than our ethnicity, but there are plenty of harmful ways we’re oppressed in America.
My ethnicity is limited in representation in America. We have mystical depictions, that oversexualize Romani women, such as Disney’s Esmerelda. We have “reality shows” that exploit our culture, call us slurs, and oversexualize us, how us as uncivilized and thieves. This is how most Americans know us. SO when one of us does come out and say “I’m Romani” and have to explain that it’s related to “gypsy” we are associated with this representation. These depictions have led to immediate xenophobia and antiziganism. Our culture is constantly appropriated in America as well, which I have touched on in several posts. The word gypsy is now used to describe any sort of trend, when the word itself hurts us all on different levels.
When we are out and we wear traditional clothes, such as the diklo (a traditional head covering) we’re often ostracized and assumed to be muslims (and many of us are) which leads to islamophobia, which is extremely prevalent in America.
Along with this, we’re not recognized as an ethnic minority in America yet, though up to a million people in America claim Romani as an ethnicity. I still have to select other on any form, and that’s how I feel in America. Invisible. Othered. Not wanted.
On a regular basis i have to hear that my ethnicity is not wanted. That we are thieves. That we’ve plagued Europe and now we’re doing the same to America. That I should die in a gas chamber. That Hitler was right. That my culture isn’t real. And that I don’t matter.
Tell me now that I’m not oppressed. Try taking a walk in my shoes.
National Geographic Fan Page
”Freaking fail. I thought you were better than this Nat Geo. You make Jesus cry.”
”they should embrace evolution of cultures, there would be less drama in thier lives!”
“you people are so racist! if you have such a problem go back where you came from!!”
”They are way too paranoid and racist”
”I’m watching it now!:) also Romanian rules!:) I know cuz I’m full blood Romanian.”
”Kon si kava.. gadjo kojr?! Ugh! Chaxo si thaj xoli mange..”
”should had called this show American Gypsy Gangsters”
”What i dont get is ,it says not all gypsies are fortune tellers but this show is all about a family who runs fortune telling places.”
”Where are Erik, Joey, & Bobby’s wives? If the wife lives with her husbands family & family is everything then where are they?”
”they are very prejudice and discriminating to Americans. Then why do they live here. if they don’t like us influencing them , then why live in this FREE country?”
”What disgusting people.”
”If you are law abiding citizens, how do you make your money????? You seem to have an easy way of life, with money and fancy cars, but it’s interesting to know how you earn that $$$”
”Spain,and too many countries to mention,have fair skin. YOU ARE SO WRONG ABOUT RACE ETC. You condem people what have less melationin? What makes “non-WHITES” superior in your eyes????What is wrong with you. If you can’t play the victim then what will happen?”
”There is an American Gypsies billboard in Times square, the cultural center of the world!:)”
”In front of gaje eating mahrimé food.”
”You are so proud of Romania? That is great! We are so PROUD of AMERICA Too!”
“This show is pretty shocking. Seemed to be a majority of male Neanderthals high on testosterone. Totally embarrassed for for this “culture” [..]”
”tHE DIS RSPECT FOR MY BELOVED aMERICA BY THESE ARROGANT CREEPS MAKES ME SICK”
”I’ve watched the TLC gypsy show and this gypsy show and I believe that American Gypsy is the true gypsies. […]”
”I hate the racism of the whole gadje term […]”
“Remember the ones abusing the kid? Beating in the back seat after a failed shoplifting event in the car, Indiana on YouTube? Texan clan. Funny how we never heard any more from major media for a follow up-no Nancy Grace follow up? Strange. Move along fast people… ”
Unofficial Fan Page:
“This is retarded.”
“Gypsies are all scam artists.”
“HAUL YOUR ROMA ASS OUT TO SOME OTHER COUNTRY! WE DON’T WANT PEOPLE LIKE YOU HERE!”
”[…] if u want to preserve your culture go back to romani india……i cant stand your show its garbage […]”
”[…] and if you gypsies all claim your women are all phsychic thats bullshit your just letting everyone know that its a fake…..your born with something like that not brainwashed into it”
“His father is a dipstick and no one really knows what a “Gypsy” really is……….they have no true roots […]”
”[…] their faith is pathetic and these are generations of crystal ball readers / Cultist down to the bone and I love watching this show simply because they are so damn stupid and pathetic that it is humorous.”
” (Just so the world knows, this one brought me to tears.)
”If you don’t like us.take your but back.I bet u take the money oh.good thing Roma not that way.”
”bunch of wannabe gangsters„r deez buttmunkeys italian??? in any case they act like a bunch of dipshits….”
”If you want to be hateful bigots only interested in your culture then please, leave America. After 9/11 we do not have a place in this country for such division. Gypsies are not better than us, nor we better than them. Welcome to America, melt with us or get the hell out. These people come across as some sort of lowbrow cross between the mafia and muslims.”
”Thieves and Cons show sucks!!!!”
”fucking gypsie turds”
These are the posts that were not deleted. National Geopgraphic can thank me for keeping a photographic log of all comments, so I can also share the best of all deleted posts at a later date.
Keep in mind this is after only two episodes of the nine episode series. I don’t know how many more “Get out of our country” comments we can take. It both angers me & amuses me what this show is doing to our culture. It also scares me.
People use any justification they can find for hate crimes, something which our people have been subject to for centuries and for which we often see no justice or apology. It frightens me, as well as many other American Romani, that people will take the out of context comments about “gadje” and “being American” and use these as a base for attacks on “gypsies”.
In a country where much of the south still has “gypsy” crime units & the racial epithet is used in media & fashion with no recourse or respect for ethnic people, it is not unfathomable that we will suffer greatly, while these networks make billions of dollars from our misery.
This is how America sees us now. This is a representative consensus of a opinions of not only the show, but our entire ethnicity.
I will not leave “your country”; it is for “your country” that most men in my family have served. My own father is a retired Marine. I had three cousins serve in Afghanistan & Iraq, one of whom also served in the first Gulf war. I have countless uncles who were drafted, or already in the military & served in Vietnam & Korea. The first American born male on my mother’s side enlisted during the Secona World War. The first Turcsik served this country before even becoming a citizen.
No, I will not leave. This is as much my country as it is yours. My children will have to grow up in this country. My brown skinned Romani children will suffer because of how the media choses to portray us. I pray you can sleep at night, Ralph Macchio, but I am a forgiving woman & would never wish the pain of my people on you, no matter what you’ve done to mine.
As my eyes turn glassy and I taste the salted anguish for the family and community I never had chance to love, I will pray for you, Ralph Macchio. I will pray for your soul every single day.
Ek lil andar Ralph Maccio; o gadjo kon kerdjan “American Gypsies”.
This is an open letter to Ralph Macchio, creator of the National Geographic series, ‘American Gypsies’. I not only recommend reading the letter, but also highly reccomend viewing the films linked at the bottom of the letter.
This show does great injustice to our culture. Like MBFAGW, this show has already directly caused instances of racism and discrimination. I will write more about the show and it’s inaccuracies at a later date. Thank you.
Open Letter to Ralp Macchio
Reblogging this letter again because it’s worth reading more than once.
Трансмиграция (Мы с тобой заодно) by Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello released their new album Моя Цыганиада which is basically an album that consists of old, new and covers of their songs and popular Russian songs.
Its really interesting hearing Hutz using his native tongue for once.
Start Wearing Purple - Occupy Vermont
Gogol Bordello played an acoustic set at Occupy Burlington in City Hall Park, Burlington, Vermont. Thanks to Eugene Hutz and the entire band for coming down to support Occupy Vermont in Burlington.
Gogol Bordello at Occupy Vermont (Burlington)
Gogol Acoustic Bordello accompanied by Brett Hughes and Sean Preece playing a new country song written by Eugene Hutz
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