Blog 2: The Danger of a Single Story

For this week’s blog, read chapter 11 and chapter 6 of We Are The Romani People by Ian Hancock and watch Chimamanda Adichie’s TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story” and write about a “single story” that many non-Romani (gadje) have for Romani people. Choose an example to illustrate your point (something different than the example of sexualization for blog one) and provide a link to it if possible. The example could be a blog or blog post that uses cultural appropriation or that discusses “Gypsies” or “Gypsy culture” in a stereotypical way, it could be a song, film, TV show, a photoshoot… the list goes on. But make sure to do your own research so that you explain why the example is problematic and where the stereotype or misconception comes from. Use We Are the Romani People, by Ian Hancock to explain the complexity, origins, and/or misunderstanding of whichever “single story” Romani stereotype you choose to work with.

 

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Image from the blog http://www.gypsysouleblog.com/, both of which are examples of cultural appropriation and trade on the “free-spirit” stereotype

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