Saturday, July 10, 2010
ROMANI IN EUROPE
Anti-Roma violence and racism has been a defining feature of post-communist societies since the early 1990s. Are governments finally getting more serious about tackling it?
What are the most obnoxious elements of Italian policy?
Are there societal shifts occurring with regards to anti-Roma sentiment?
Historically, how ingrained is the tolerance for anti-Roma violence?
Anti-Gypsyism is a deeply engrained European cultural touchstone, from Ireland to Russia, from Greece to Norway. It has persisted for centuries. It comes from the same place all prejudice comes from, and that is fear. For those who understand how to perpetuate and exploit fear, the Roma have always been the scapegoats par excellence in Europe.
How does anti-Roma violence track with the rise in anti-Semitic violence?
Anti-Semitic violence has been on the rise all across Europe as well, specifically violence against Holocaust sites and memorials and against synagogues and [Jewish] cemeteries. Holocaust denial websites have mushroomed on the Web — Facebook had to deal with it last year. This violence has nothing to do with the size of the Jewish population in any country. It’s part of the ideology of Holocaust denial, which becomes more and more open and prevalent the further east you go. You would be surprised how little is actually taught about the Holocaust in most of the former Soviet satellites.
What needs to be done?
Article printed from Hatewatch
Southern Poverty Law Center: http://www.splcenter.org/blog
URL to article: http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2010/07/06/anti-roma-violence-in-europe-a-qa-with-gwendolyn-albert/
Posted by Morgan at 10:22 AM