Blog 3: Human Rights and Stereotypes

Many of the stereotypes and cliches about Romani people come from a culture of antigypsyism. For this week’s blog, go to http://www.amnesty.org/en/roma and read the content and watch the videos. Make sure that you have an understanding of the current Roma human rights crisis. After that, read Chapter 5 of Dr. Ian Hancock’s book We are the Romani people, “Explaining antigypsyism.” Then, answer these questions (300 words or more in total) by this Friday:

* Today’s antigypsyism is the culmination of many factors over time. What are they? How do they relate to the systemic racism that many Roma face today? How does the perpetuation of Gypsy stereotypes foster a culture of antigypsyism? Use examples from Hancock and Amnesty International to support your points.

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