Saturday, December 5, 2009
Recently Barack Obama spoke at a town hall meeting in Allentown PA.
Addressing health care, Obama said, "All we're trying to do is make sure that if you're buying health insurance on the private marketplace that you're not getting gouged, and gypped, by the insurance companies."
What was that? Almost everyone who knows anything about the reality of Roma/Sinti knows that the term 'gypped' comes directly from the stereotype of Gypsy as thief
The persecution against Roma/Sinti is escalating worldwide. In the United States the media rarely reports anything about Gypsies unless it is negative (or about music. Funny how people despise us yet LOVE our music). Obama's remarks directly and emphatically reinforced the negative stereotype of the Romani people.
Barack Obama has my head spinning.
Hilary Clinton mentioned the plight of Roma/Sinti in a major speech and a few weeks later the president uses a hurtful stereotype against us.
He's escalating the "war" in Afghanistan.
He's done nothing to improve immigration policies.
He's done nothing about civil rights of Gays and Lesbians.
Rendition, and torture continue.
The "health care" debate is a sham. Obama is willing to compromise on the right of a woman to control her own body.
Corporations are bailed out and the poor people continue to suffer.
Obama has been giving lip service to the whole lot of us. In the case of Roma/Sinti, his words are venomous.
And the beat goes on.......
Posted by Morgan at 3:35 PM