Friday, November 15, 2013

Anti-Roma speech in Ireland
A common complaint among minorities, in Ireland and around Europe, is that discrimination is hard to spot. People from minority groups complain they no longer face a slammed door but a revolving one.

Individuals and families spend time analysing cryptic remarks for evidence of something sinister, leaving them feeling uncertain whether they should be offended. Roma are yet to reach even this difficult stage.

Anti-Roma racism is everywhere and is unmistakable. Among other things, it takes the form of a cacophony of slurs and bullying, punctuated by regular attacks from high-level politicians.

One of the most recent cases saw a French politician say, “maybe Hitler didn’t kill enough” of them. There are countless other examples.

This barrage of anti-Roma insult is more common elsewhere in Europe than in Ireland, but the increasingly hateful rhetoric in mainstream political life has the potential to affect all of Europe, even countries that consider themselves tolerant.

At the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) we monitor hate speech against Roma and are committed to forcing the authorities to combat it. We have only begun to litigate the issue, and it poses enormous challenges


The "hate speech" concerned is mostly accurate complaints about  what Roma (Gypsies) do.  They rarely work and live off minor crime  -- pickpocketing etc.  They are an incredible nuisance wherever they congregate


Anonymous said...

Roma? Oh please. They're gypsies, and they are known the world over as notorious thieves, baby sellers, and con-artists. There is no rational reason for them to be allowed to continue existing. Hitler was right, albeit a bit slow.

Anonymous said...

instead of sitting around decoding ever thing and looking for offense how about you get off your ass and work and stop worrying about it?

Anonymous said...

if they got off their asses and went to work maybe they wouldn't have people talking about them