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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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  1. I wonder why they are hated in so many different countries and cultures ALL around Europe and the rest of the world… Perhaps there is a reason, don’t you think?
    I have known gypsies all my life, I went to school and High School with them and, like kids, I had the same arguments with some of them as I had with any other kid. The difference was that with any other kid the problem never transcended but with gypsies I had next day the mom of that kid threatening me (6 years old) to cut me into pieces with a knife and throwing me to their dogs or calling the older brother of the girl to beat me up. Nice, huh? Also I can’t tell you that it is impossible for me to count how many of my friends have been mugged by gypsies carrying a knife or stopped to be “nicely” asked for money. Have you ever seen any person entering in a fruit store demanding a banana? and threatening the fruit seller with damages in his shop if he didn’t give him that piece of fruit? I did and it was a gypsie.

    Gypsies have their own laws and they do not respect others properties or lifes. Most of them are illiterate because they allow children to skip classes or even encourage them to do that. Most of them do not work and just get money from the government (many of them have back problems, leg injures…), from begging or illegal activities such as drugs, smuggling or thievering. I am quite tired of them being looked as funny people which only fault is being excentric and nomadic. Try to live in a neighborhood where they are and you won’t find them funny anymore. Of course, not all of them are like that but let’s say that the percentage that are like that is too high and that it is not nice to be a victim.

    • Sara,

      could not agree more with what you said. my first night living in barcelona i was mugged. my friends first night here and he gets his gold necklace given to him by his father snatched right off his neck!

    • By people like yous is why we keep getting bad names not all gypsy people our bad . Me in my family have been.in va all our lifes where we own resturants / body shops / small biseness . I have lived in one house for 25 years I pay taxs in live a very normal life
      But every time someone fint im a gypsy they assume automaticly im a thift up to no good trying t o hurt some one.

      Well let me ask yous a qustion

      When I see a black man should I assume he is goin to shoot me or try to sale me drugs ? When I see a white man should I assume he is goin to freak out in kil.everyone around him . Maybe he had a bad day today or forgot to take his medication ?? When I see a mexican am I to assume he had a knife in he is goin to cut me ? When I see a indian is he goin to bome me ? When I see a irishman can I assume he is a alcaholic lookimg for a fight ?

      Come on its 2012 everyone has rights
      Chugus mugo kud ka kul son
      Thats a gypsy curse yous will go broke after 24 hours of reading this . Thats what yous want to hear right ?

      • i agree with u……… no one has the right to point out others…… i don’t think being a gypsy is bad…it’s like having another religion …and according to my state’s law every individual has the right to follow their own religion ……. n it’s also not about of wat u r …it’s about how your minds are how u think ….once i have seen a gypsy family they were like the nicest person i have ever met…….. and i don’t know wat is the problem with the people out there ..i mean u can’t judge a book by it’s cover..!!!!!

        • I mean it’s so not cool like they are good people and I understand there culture it’s really fun I would want to be in there culture

  2. I still don’t understand why there is so much hatred towards them, so what if there are some who do bad things, there are people who do bad things in any culture, religion, ethnicity it doesn’t matter. its just as bad as hating black people or gay people or any people just because of their beliefs. I personally think hating them is unnecessary.

  3. I think the author has no idea what they are talking about. People hate gypsies because of being robbed and harrassed by them. No one likes thieves and con artists. There is nothing you can say to make people like that sort of deviant behavior.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/myqdy/why_do_europeans_hate_gypsies_so_much/

  4. Anyone who says all gypsies are evil is a racist pigfucker. many are good, and while the culture is screwed up those who are tech savvy are not uncommon. at leaest comment 1 conceded that many gypsies aren’t like that

  5. I am an Irish Traveller and not once has i had members of my family fighting country people or mugging them and that. I find it annoying that all of yous think we’re rough, dirty people when we’re just brought up different to yous lot. Yeah we’s might drop out of school early and the boys e’ll probably playfight more than a country boy but not never has we mugged or left crap lying about. I just thinks we’re not understood properly.

    Kyrie

    • I agree with Carolina, there are bad people in every racial, ethnic, religious group. Just because some of them are criminals doesn’t mean we should discriminate. If the world worked like that, we’d all be hatefull people who never communicated with those who are different from us. So what if some are bad? Let’s not judge people on face value. Stereotypes and generalisations are just two of the things keeping us from getting to know each other better and discovering new things.

      I’m a black 15 year old South African and those of you who know about our history will know about Apartheid. 18 years into our democracy and racial tensions still run deep between some people. I know its easier said than done but I really think we should stive to see the good in others. “Love your neighbour as you love yourself” and “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” are two scriptures we should make an effort to live by.

  6. Gypsies are like black americans. They are hated because of the way the majority of them behave and because they pose a threat to other people’s lives.

  7. Hi I am a gypsy boy who was raised up in a very gypsy life I live with my mom and dad who has been married for over 25 years and raised 6 kids with all the same parents . We’re all as human as u . All five of us have beautiful jobs spouses and are own children. If people could hate a full familey like mine. I would haft to say shame on u. B/c were happie going people who eat sleep and live just like any one else I can see disliking a bad person for there actions yes but to say HATE G Y P S Y s
    Thats wrong. And most gypsys are very clean with there selfs and homes and kids.

    And most run and operate there own business

  8. I am a 20 yrs old male. I lived in london for about 10 yrs now.

    Have you ever wondered why these gipsy people steal? In countries such as Slovakia and Hungary, the white people just hate gipsies. It does not matter what qualifications you gained or experience there is no way you will get a job if your skin colour is a little darker. My uncle got 2 degrees but could not get a job.

    When i was in school back in Slovakia, i failed many classes because the teacher was picking on me. No matter how hard I studies, no result. Now I am in a top university in London? How is this possible?

    No matter how clean gipsies are, they are always perceived dirty. I have been to white people’s homes and it is just awful.

    I admit I don’t like the way white people treat other races but I am not going to hate them because I know that some of them are really nice.

    The majority of black people are very dangerous just as gipsies but I’m not going to hate them as I have many nice black friends.

    Am I going to have asians because what one man did in New York in 2001?

    I am very lucky that I am not very dark so I can say that I’m white. There are good gipsies as well as bad gipsies. We will give you our heart on a gold plate if we like you.

    • How dare you talk like that about gypsies I may be black but you my not friend are rude didn’t your mom ever tell you not to be rude like that I may not stand up for up myself but when it comes to gypsies do not talk bad about them because you know am coming for you these people are so nice I even understand there culture you don’t and how dare!!!!!!!!!!!! You!!!!!!!!

      • What the fuck??? He called your ethnicity NICE. He said there are bad gypsies, bad white people, bad Asians, but in everyone and every group there are good people! I think you need to read that twice and think about that. He treated everyone equal, and I’m siding with him. I stumbled upon this because I’ve been doing research on the Romani(Gypsy) culture for a while now. Yes SOME of their ancestors did bad things in the past, and then the whole race gets blamed for it? What if I told someone, “The German people are horrible because they killed everyone off in WWII.” That would offend Germans, and it wasn’t the whole country. I hate it when people generalize things, it almost always turns out wrong. Here’s another example. What if I said, “Moslems/Muslims are nothing but a bunch of dirty bomb-droppers.” Don’t you think it’s awful to judge a whole group by a percentage? Please think about this, I really hope it has some effect on your judgement..

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