HEY SO IMMA WRITE Y’ALL A REAL LONG ESSAY ABOUT GADJE FEELS NOW
So I’ve been quietly following a whole mess of Romani-focused blogs for a while now in attempt to educate my damn self (which is apparently an insult now?) after having a long time friend with a really upsetting fetish for the Romani people. Now, I’m not gonna sit here and play oppression olympics (because frankly that is pretty much a load of obnoxious white nonsense anyways), but can I just say that as a black woman and therefore also not real high up on the list of things white people are fond of, I may still be pretty far off from what y’all have to put up with, but I am a damn sight closer to understanding it than most and if it makes you feel any better, I would like every single one of you beautiful blog-running people to know that that word (I’m sure you know which) will now never, ever stop hitting my ears like every brick in a ten story shithouse. After educating my damn self via your beautifully run blogs, I hope you can at least have the very small comfort of knowing that for every belligerent refusal to take anything that has ever hurt and raped and mass-murdered your people with the slightest bit of seriousness or respect, there is someone else getting literally sick to their stomach because of what you and your fellow “social justice bloggers” (again, really confused as to why this is an insult) have taught them about your peoples’ past, and more importantly about their present. Being black is no joyriding picnic of a field day, but I see the things that show up in your askboxes, the way people respond to your honest, desperate efforts not just to put a stop to it but to help people understand why it needs to be stopped in the first place, I see people look at that and spit it right back in your faces and tell you all over again how you don’t matter, how you need to be educated, how they know and you don’t, and I swear sometimes I just have to close the tab, curl up with my cats and watch The Little Mermaid just to be able to sleep that night.
I see that word, and even if it’s not my word I know what those words feel like. I see that word and what I see is people dressing up as sexy niggers for Halloween, people going on about nigger magic and nigger fortune telling and how they just know they were a beautiful nigger princess in their last life. Photos of our nomadic nigger ways, memes about the magical nigger properties of magical nigger tears, the mysterious beauty of our exotic nigger women. Nigger fashion trends, nigger crafts and nigger jewelery and white people’s perpetual fascination, their envy of the free-spirited nigger life style and how they are a 64th nigger on their grandmother’s side so shut up already god don’t you understand that nigger is a compliment and you should be grateful that people want to be niggers now and jeez can’t you just stop dragging it back to mean something racist when nigger is such a beautiful word, because nigger nigger nigger nigger!
And no, my precious, pearly white people, I’m not going to edit out all those niggers, and I’m not going stop exaggerating by taking a style choice and a celebration of life and an expression of your pearly white freedom and comparing it to such a dirty, ugly word, because if you’re going to open your dirty, ugly mouth and say something that’s just as dirty and ugly as the word for people like me (it’s nigger, by the way) then you damn well better know just how dirty and ugly you sound when you say it.
TL;DR I want you to see something nice in this tag for once because your blogs are beautiful and they do make a difference and I hope anyone who ever says otherwise drowns in their dirty ugly gadje tears.
Solidarity, man. Never stop.
ROMEA: Czech Republic: Neo-Nazis assault eight people, injuring four
During a nighttime spree of violence last Thursday, five drunken neo-Nazis attacked a total of eight young people in the Czech town of Slaný. The series of three unprovoked attacks resulted in injuries to four people. A 25-year-old man has been hospitalized with a serious head wound. News server Romea.cz has determined that several of those who were assaulted are Romani.
“On Thursday 28 June after 10 PM the Czech Police emergency line in Slaný received a report of a violent assault. After arriving at the scene, the patrol determined a total of eight people had been attacked. The five assailants, the two oldest of whom were 19 years old, first attacked people in a parking lot on Ouvalova street, then in Šultysova street, and lastly in the local Hamburk restaurant. Three of the perpetrators are from Kladno, one is from Prague and one is from the Slaný area,” Jana Steinerová, spokesperson for the Kladno Police, told news server Romea.cz.
Pavel Štěpánek, director of the Slaný Municipal Police, said the “drunken youths came to Slaný to fight.” The Central Bohemian Regional Police Directorate says it is possible the attacks were committed by members of the ultra-right.
After the assault, four of the victims sought medical aid. One, a 25-year-old man from Prague, ended up in the intensive care unit in the hospital in Slaný with serious head injuries. MUDr. Jiří Šimák, director of the hospital, has confirmed that the injured youth has been stabilized and was transferred to a normal room today. The exact extent of his injuries will be known after a CAT scan of his brain.The other victims are also male and aged between 15 and 25.
Members of the Czech Police arrested three of the assailants that same evening in Slaný. After obtaining preliminary consent from the state prosecutor, they apprehended a fourth later on in Kladno. The fifth disorderly person turned himself in to police last Friday.
Initial procedural intake has been performed for all five assailants and they have been temporarily placed in a cell for preliminary detention. “At this moment all five have been charged with the crimes of rioting, committing violence against a group of individuals, and intentional battery. The racial motivation of the attack is under investigation,” Steinerová said.
Police monitored Romani localities in Slaný, Pražská street in particular, during the late hours of Thursday evening and early morning hours of Friday. The case is being followed by the Coordinator for Romani Affairs and Alien Integration at the Central Bohemian Regional Authority’s Department of Social Affairs, Cyril Koky. “On Tuesday I will go to Slaný to determine the details of the attack,” Koky told news server Romea.cz.
Romania: Ghetto or Helping?
From the Vancouver Sun:
BAIA MARE, Romania — Building a wall that closes in a Roma neighbourhood and rehousing families in a dilapidated Communist-era office block have earned Catalin Chereches accusations of racism.
But the actions have also helped the mayor of the northern Romanian town of Baia Mare to become the country’s most popular local politician and shown how central Europe’s lacklustre economies and widespread poverty can trigger radical solutions.
Chereches, 33, an urbane Vienna-educated economist, says he is trying to improve the lot of Baia Mare’s impoverished Roma. Rights groups counter that he is enclosing the population in ghettos and making the situation worse.
He says living conditions have improved by moving families away from a slum where naked children play in the dust with stray dogs and cats. But it still keeps Roma separate from other people and lacks space and bathrooms.
“It’s clear, conditions there are not similar to the Hilton or Marriott. But this doesn’t mean this is not a step forward towards their civilization and emancipation,” Chereches said in his tidy and modest office.
Roma is a term for various groups who have migrated across Europe for centuries and are now the biggest ethnic minority in the European Union, most of them from countries like Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. There are an estimated 10 million Romas across Europe and one in five lives in Romania.
The vast majority live on the margins of society in abject poverty, which makes them easy targets in troubled times, and pro-democracy groups say post-communist governments in the region have not done enough to improve their plight.
“Moving people belonging to a single ethnic group together is called ethnic separation,” said Robert Vaszi, director of Roma rights group Asociatia Sanse Egale. “This is breaching human rights.”
As central Europe’s economies flag in their attempts to catch up with western Europe, there are signs voters may be turning away from mainstream politics towards more radical groups, or moving to support those individuals, like Chereches, who take action against the perceived problems of their society.
The mayor built a wall in one Roma neighbourhood which he says was to keep children safe from a main road, and started to relocate 1,600 Roma from improvised buildings in Baia Mare’s “five pockets of poverty” — including the Craica slum — in June to the offices of a former copper factory, Cuprom.
The concrete wall, up to 1.8 metres high, is built on one side of a Roma neighbourhood of crumbling apartment blocks but because it links with other buildings and walls, it encloses the area with few access points. Built on an embankment, it appears much taller.
Those who have moved to the Cuprom offices, near the area with the wall, signed papers to agree, but others still in their old homes fear eviction. Chereches won 86 per cent of the vote in June’s local election, just days after the rehousing started.
“He’s done a great job by putting up the wall,” said Michael Szinn, a 74-year-old pensioner in the main Freedom Square. “Gypsy kids were on the streets before and threw stones at cars. Moving others to Cuprom is an even better thing for our city.”
Outbursts of anti-Roma sentiment are common across central Europe and hundreds of thousands have flooded western European cities since these countries joined the EU. According to police, many beg and are often involved in crime and trafficking rings.
A European Commission study showed one in four EU citizens would be uncomfortable with a Roma neighbour against six per cent if the neighbour was from a different ethnic group. Human Rights Watch says forced evictions are common across the EU.
“Policy-makers in Europe prefer to yield to, and in some cases exacerbate, public concerns at the expense of an unpopular minority rather than saying loud and clear that Europe’s values demand rights for all,” HRW said in its 2012 world report.
Support for Hungary’s far-right Jobbik has risen to 11 per cent, and in a sign that economic hardship is feeding radical nationalism, about 1,000 Hungarians attended the unveiling of a statue of World War Two head of state Miklos Horthy.
Anti-Roma riots broke out in Romania’s southern neighbour Bulgaria last year and a policeman went on a rampage shooting in Slovakia in June, killing three and wounding two Roma. Locals in one Slovak village built a wall around a Roma area.
In the Czech Republic, right-wing militants have staged marches where riot police had to prevent clashes. Recession has pushed many Roma to move to low-cost housing in the poorer north of the country and heightened tensions in areas with already high unemployment.
A deep recession, austerity and the perceived impunity of politicians have turned many Romanians away from mainstream parties. But support for militant groups r e mains low and charismatic figures like Chereches, a member of the governing Social Liberal Union [USL], can become focal points.
“Poverty, a sentiment of personal helplessness, lack of trust in political parties’ desire to fight crime are all boosting the danger of extremism. Individuals with extremist stances may benefit from that, not small party groups,” said Sergiu Miscoiu of the CESPRI think-tank in Cluj, some 150 km from Baia Mare.
“Roma Gypsies can easily become a new target blamed for most of society’s ills,” said Miscoiu. “Scapegoats like the Jews in World War Two.”
Baia Mare is an old mining city of 150,000 in a bucolic region 60 km south of the Ukrainian border. Like many Romanian urban centres recovering from the ravages of Nicolae Ceausescu’s Communist regime, it has its share of problems.
The dismantling of Communist-era industries meant many people, including Roma, were laid off and have since not been able to find new jobs. Many were forcibly moved out of Communist factories’ blocks by new owners when state assets were hastily sold 20 years ago.
The rehousing in Baia Mare has focused so far on a narrow stretch of land on its outskirts between a creek and an abandoned railway line, scattered with improvised huts made of clay, cardboard or plywood, some of which have been bulldozed.
About 980 Roma lived in Craica before the rehousing started in June. Some 100 families have so far been relocated t o three administrative buildings of the former plant.
“This is completely wrong. We need to find solutions that integrate, not segregate,” said Dezideriu Gergely of the European Roma Rights Centre. “There is a danger because dealing in such a manner with Roma issues only triggers the resentment and prejudices that already exist.”
Craica is a sharp contrast to the rest of the city, which has a well-preserved medieval centre generously dotted with gothic churches, cafes and artisan shops.
“It’s been a mess there at Craica without toilets, the Gypsies poop on the grass and have built huts of nylon,” said Szinn, the pensioner. “It’s a piggery, a mess. Our mayor has done something that nobody has ever done for our city.”
Some Roma from Craica work as garbage collectors for the municipality and some at a furniture plant. Most are jobless, seasonal labourers or eke out a living from selling scrap metal.
Living conditions are so grim that many of those who have been moved say they are thankful to Chereches, even though their new housing at the Cuprom offices leaves much to be desired, with only two bathrooms on each floor of several apartments.
“I lived in a single room with six children and my wife at Craica,” said 40-year-old Sandu, a seasonal construction worker rehoused to a small apartment with wooden furniture and an LCD television, bought with his own money. “My wife is jobless. I thank the mayor for giving me this place.”
Craica has no sewerage, indoor water or power supplies, and ramshackle huts lie between heaps of rubbish. Some residents admit to drawing electricity cables from nearby blocks. Even so, there are many who want to stay and are resisting being moved.
“I lived here for the last 20 years. My woman died here and I want to also die here,” said 59-year-old Trandafir Varga, one of the oldest residents and a community leader, surrounded by younger Roma who nodded their head in approval.
“There, we would be isolated. Here, we have horses, pigs,” Varga said. “It’s like a concentration camp there at Cuprom, we aren’t going there. We want to stay outdoors and cannot stay in blocks.”
Chereches maintains he is doing the best thing both for the Roma and other city residents. Eventually, he plans to offer rehoused families plots of land.
“The relocation is only a temporary solution. I envisage we build social, one-storey houses made of concrete with a small yard, and we would seek to place these buildings in several areas,” Chereches said.
“I only want to integrate those people. I don’t have anything to lose, I’m interested only in integrating them in a system based on three components: work, education and housing. That’s all.”
Source: Vancouver Sun