Romani “Criminals”?

Gypsies are a fairy tale character to most people and to those who actually acknowledge their existence in the real world often identify their false fairy tale stereotypes. The most common stereotype would be linking criminality and theft with the Romani culture. This false portrayal of gypsies are mainly kept alive by the Media. One major movie that portrays this belief is “Big Fat Gypsy Gangster”. As you can tell by the name their is a definite link between criminality and Gypsy’s. The second major stereotype is masculinity and violence which the movie portrays in excess. The scene I included was from the trailer, as you can see the trailer shows a masculine violent gypsy criminal who has been released from prison after 16 years. The clip portrays him as an underground street fighter with a craving for violence crime and guns. 

This movie depicts and enforces the false stereo type of hyper masculinity. In the documentary “Tough Guise”, main stream media supports portrays men as tough, strong, independent and respect. There is also a direct correlation between men and violence. As the documentary goes on to mention, statistically, men are more likely to commit murder, assault, domestic violence, dating, child sexual abuse and rape. In the movie “Big fat Gypsy gangster” it portrays almost all of these stereotypes. This stereo type holds true in our American society today. In Dr. Ian Hancock’s “Gypsy Mafia, Romani Saints: The Racial Profiling of Romani Americans”, it states many unconstitutional laws and provisions; Pennsylvania deems it illegal in simply being a Romani without a license. In many other states Gypsies are required to pay fees for simply being gypsies. The issue here is that we have a society that portrays violence as a social norm for men. This only further increases crime and violence in society.

 

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Raids Destroying Roma Communities

Over the past couple of years but more presently in the past few months anti-Roma legislation is destroying homes and living constructs for Roma Citizens. Roma Communities have gone through and suffered many attacks in many different areas in Europe. In August 2013, the Hungarian Mayor Pal Furjes Cut off the water supply in his town due to the fact that he did not want to waste in on the local Romani people. Fortunately the Federal government intervened and put things back on track. Russia in the past has Destroyed Romani building living conditions simply due to the fact that 30 years ago they never paid to live their. The interesting thing is that Soviet Russia was the one that allowed this to happen. It wasn’t until the democratic Russian government that they decided to do so. It does not take a master psychologist to realize that the only reason why it was done so was blatant discrimination towards a culture of people who were not suspecting the societal norms posted on them. From the video you can tell that the Romani people don’t exactly live in the most modern conditions of living but that is a life style choice and should not be interfered with by anyone who wants to impose there social cultural norms on a different culture. This is yet another blatant disregard for human civil rights imposed on a Roma cultural society.  Many Romani political activist are going to the European Union to seek aid, but while they talk they are not heard. In conclusion Romani people are probably one of the most discriminated cultures that exist in the world today because of racist bias and un accepting social standards. Over the next few blog post I will be reviewing how the plight of European Romani Justice is being served and comparing it towards United States standards.

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Calderash Romani

The Calderash Romani are a branch of the Roma culture that exists in many suburban areas in Russia. A group of Historians visited the Calderash Romani villages and had come to find a lot of interesting cultural values about Roma culture, as well as Russian influence/dominance over the culture over the Calderash Romani. The historians first noted that the Romani were following Roma culture solidly by the parents deciding on the marital status of their own kids. The process by which this was done was usually the mother of a male child that was around Fifteen years old would buy a female child from another family and would have the female live with the inlaws and husband, but the newlyweds were not allowed to interact on any serious level until they were a bit older. In general the Calderash Romani were also in sync with Roma culture more in terms of gender roles than anything else. The male being the educated provider of the family, while the women were doing house work and cooking and attending to the children. Unfortunately, there weren’t many people who knew much about more sacred parts of Roma culture, as well as music and oral traditions, as well as dancing and fortune telling. What seemed to had happened as described by the Historians was that all of the societal impact by the neighboring Russians had on the practice of culture on the Calderash Romani over time. The historians noticed how many had forgotten how to dance actual Roma style, and instead would dance in a way they would see on Russian public television. Also many of the children were interested in soccer and some would aspire to be professional soccer players. As you can see, what the historians found by interacting with this specific Romani culture was the loss of culture and identity of this minority group in Russia and maybe how this could apply to many different countries as well.

Sources:
Romani Romance: (RT) Russian television Network

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