Persistence of Discrimination

Another new article on the Huffington Post website about the Roma – this time though, written by John Feffer, an Open Society Fellow and co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus (www.fpif.org) at the Institute for Policy Studies. Looking over his other articles, he appears to have a lot of knowledge about the Balkans and surrounding regions of Europe, particularly Bulgaria. In fact, this article, although another one written by a non-Roma, actually addresses some very important (and interesting) points regarding Europe and inclusion. Firstly, although we all know it, research has indicated that the people with the most education also discriminate the most. People used to laugh at me and call me a charlatan when I’d complain about the xenophobic and racist attitudes of some of my university professors. However, this research proves that my problems with them were much more than me being “over-sensitive”. It’s disheartening to witness the complete failure of the “Decade of Inclusion”. Sure, there have been talks and conferences and meetings and studies – but what have all of these things really done for the Roma? Have our lives changed for the better at all? Most results seem to indicate not – and this article from Feffer seems to solidify that unfortunate reality. Sure, inclusion is a nice idea, but who’s idea was it? Who are the people talking about it and studying it and formulating useless goals? They aren’t the Roma. I think inclusion is impossible when you force Roma to live in unsanitary ghettos on the outskirts of towns and cities; when you deny us anything but “special” (read: inadequate and highly...

A note on my Dialect

While trying to help a friend today, it came to my attention that aspects of my dialect I thought were universal, are in fact, far from it. For example, to say “I want to make bread” I would say: “kamav te kerel manro”. However, it came to my attention that many (many) other dialects would use “kamav te kerav manro”. I was pretty thrown for a while and upset too, I suppose. I have been trying hard to get my dialect more “standardized” and this is certainly a blow to that.  I really don’t want to change it. (The funny thing is though, that Bergitka in this regard follows the more widely known rules of kamav te kerav… lol) I am going to make a list of all the differences I can find in this post (other than lexicon) and keep track of it so that I can link it to any blog post I make in Řomanes, so if something is a little different you can look it up here and see if it is something that I know about and understand or if it is a genuine mistake on my part. Either way, you can feel free to contact me about things that don’t make sense. So. Some more examples: I go out: džav avri I want to go out: kamav te džal avri Basically, as above, words with “to” in front are in their infinitive (dictionary) form  – te džal, te kerel, te merel (to go, to make, to die). We would also say “jov kamel te džal” (he wants to go), “joj kamel te džal”...

Oh, Greece…

I recently read that the Golden Dawn got so far in Greece because many of the police and military in the country are Golden Dawn members. Today I stumble across this report from the Greek police claiming that Roma camps are “hubs of criminal activities controlled by Mafia-style gangs”. Strange how this rhetoric falls perfectly in line with the anti-immigrant/antiziganist line of the Golden Dawn! What better way to make the majority Greek population afraid of the Roma than to tell them that they are mastermind vicious criminals who will attack police at the drop of a hat, never mind the innocent population. I honestly don’t know what “we” can do to address this kind of hate-filled rhetoric… It makes me very angry and very, very sad for my people. ___________________________________________________ Police say Roma Camps are Gangster Enclaves – from the GreekReporter   Following the murder of a 16-year-old gypsy boy in a Roma camp in Megara, Greek police have started a sweep into the unlawful settlements and said that the outposts are being used as hiding places for widespread operations of criminal gangs, the newspaper Kathimerini reported. A source told the newspaper that a police officer involved in the investigation of the brutal knife attack against the Roma teenager, suggested that the Megara camp, as well as other illegal camps in Attica, are hubs of criminal activities controlled by Mafia-style gangs. The main areas of activity are said to be drug dealing and the illegal trade in scrap metal. Investigations into the murder “are carried out with the utmost caution,” the source said, claiming that there have been...

kamav te čhirel o lil

Hin man jekh mišľa (idejalo)… kamav te čhirel le čhavoreske lil. Furt kamavas te čhirel, alje čhirav mira dialekta nažužes. Kaja paramisa has palo amari Maami (Baba). Phendža mange buteha paramisa. Bistardjom dopaš i vorba, alje kamav te pòsprobinel (zumavel). Na džanav. Mušinav te cvičinel (vežba)… Akana, učardjom man la pernjicaha, bo man sas šil. He našti sikljuvav, bo mušinav te pomožinel mindro čhavo. Vaše, kamav te genel … savo? na džanav!! Aj alje mušinav te pomožinel bo ka sikljarav lestar te bašavel...