Why Are Gypsies Hated?
Why Are Gypsies Hated?
Unfortunately, people have a very tribal sense of themselves and people like themselves: there is ‘us, and ‘them,. Not only is it very difficult to escape while even talking about people, but it is even harder to escape when coming to conclusions about various groups of people. The main thing to realize is that not everyone hates gypsies, but there are great majorities of people who do. In fact, there are groups that hate other groups, for every single classification out there ‚ it is an impossible fact to avoid, because if there weren’t someone who hated a specific group, that group would not be so defined. It is a complicated issue and a very deep looking into social dynamics.
Hatred of gypsies, however, runs much deeper than almost any other group. They have been for centuries, and remain to this day, one of the most prosecuted and discriminated groups ever (and still they persist ‚ it is a quite amazing story should you choose to look deeper). The reason behind all this is simple; they are different, and choose to live a different way than the majority of humans. They can be described as nomads, but generally, they have just extricated themselves from society ‚ and not just any society, but all society. If you think of a gypsy as someone who simply rejects the culture they were born into but has accepted no other culture, you would have a very close definition. It sounds terrible the way I have phrased it, but it is a choice they have made, and a very valid one.
The reason they are so different, as stated before, is because they are different, and have always been ‚ thus they fit perfectly into a ‘them, tribal definition ‚ and not just from one culture’s perspective. Because gypsies come from all over the world, and exist basically everywhere, they are a group that extends beyond country borders and it is easier to hate such a large group if others, especially others from much different backgrounds, hate them as well. It is more accepted to hate gypsies, and so more people do it. And this has been going on since civilization first began.
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