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I’m sorry, but no you cannot & never will you be.

biggadjeworld:

“Gypsy”

What is a “gypsy”?
Some will have you believe that simply moving frequently, or wearing boho-esque clothing will make you a “gypsy”. I have read countless websites about Pagan “gypsy” magic, and articles on how to dress “gypsy”. I’m here to tell you; you’re doing it wrong!

So, you want to be a “gypsy”? Well, you can’t. Not only are you not a “gypsy”, but you can never become a “gypsy”.

This little word, “gypsy”, makes my skin crawl. It causes aches in my heart and beats at my soul. I die a little inside everytime I must say or write the word.

“Gypsy” is a racial slur. It is tantamount to the “N” word.

Like the “N” word, “gypsy” was created by people who believed we were sub-human and enslaved us. “Gypsies” were slaves?

Yes!

These “gypsies” you speak of are actually people who belong to the Romani ethnicity. We are an ethnic minority with no nation, no homeland. We trace our ancestry back to Rajasthan in India and parts of what is now Pakistan. This is not speculative. There is no more question as to where “gypsies” came from. This has been proven through extensive DNA and linguistic studies.

You cannot be “gypsy”. You cannot wake up one day, start moving around, and call yourself a “gypsy”. How many people say they want to be African American, or Asian? They don’t. It’s an impossibility.

White female youth pay large sums of money to dress “gypsy”, or what they call boho. Well, Bohemia is a region of the Czech Republic. You cannot be Bohemian either, unless of course you are Czech. There is also a huge problem with equating Boho to “gypsy”.

The Czech people murdered us.

“Vi man sas ek bari familiya,
Murdadas la e kali legiya.”

“I once had a big family,
but the Black Legions murdered them.”

That is a line from our anthem. We may not have a nation, but we have an anthem and a flag. “Gypsy” people have been so greatly oppressed in the Czech Republic that this line made it into our anthem. The Black Legions were a military unit that opreated in the Czech Republic during World War Two. They are responsible for killing nearly ninety-percent of the “gypsy” populations in parts of the Czech Republic.

Not only have you offended me by trying to dress “gypsy”, but calling yourself a “boho-gypsy” just tore my heart into one million pieces.

Before you ask and I have to answer; yes. Yes. Yes, I had family in the Czech Republic and Hungary during World War Two. Yes, they died in concentration camps like Auschwitz and Lety.

We are Romani. We call ourselves Romani. We are the Romani people.

You cannot be “gypsy”. The only way you are “gypsy” is if you are from the Romani ethnic population. Perhaps in your next life you can be born to Romani parents and be “gypsy”, but not in this one. No, you simply cannot.

Why would you want to?

Why would anyone on Earth want to belong to the most oppressed and persecuted race of people on this planet?

I don’t have a choice. I cannot scrub my “gypsy” off. I cannot simply wake up and decide I no longer want to be “gypsy”. It’s my ethnicity.

There are similar words used in Central and Eastern Europe to describe us. They are akin to “gypsy”:

Zigeuner, Czigany, Tigane, Tsigane, etc..

I dare you go to Central and Eastern Europe and utter these words to a “gypsy”. I triple dog dare you. See how much they like their “gypsy” word.

It means slave. Tsigane means slave. Zigeuner means slave. Czigany means slave.

There is a similar word in every single European language of this region. They all mean slave. 

Like “gypsy”, words similar to tsigane have been used as a means of oppression. 
Maybe I can put this into persepctive.

In America, we do the same thing with the “N” word. Not me, personally, but I have heard it from countless Americans. Someone is “N” word rich, that car is “N” word rigged, don’t act like an “N” word.

The same is done with “gypsy” and “tsigane” in Europe. Don’t act ”gypsy” with me, it looks like “gypsies” live here, that’s such a “gypsy” thing. 

Does it make sense now?

Please stop trying to be us. We are not flattered. What truly flatters Romani “gypsy” people is when others try to learn about our true culture. Please don’t argue with us & tell us that you know all about “gypsies” because you belly dance, read Tarot cards, or move a lot. If you really knew so much about “gypsies”, you would afford us the respect of not calling us a racial slur. You would know that there is no such thing as “gypsy” magic, that we are not dirty people who do not bathe, that we do not all steal, and that we have a beautiful culture.

No, you cannot be “gypsy”. Maybe in your next lifetime.

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Anonymous said: to say that there is /less/ racism 50 years ago than now is false.[i'm going to focus on US racism] yeah black people can vote, yeah other POC can come to this country and live their lives, yeah there is inter-racial mixing, but just because we can mingle and make babies and vote doesn't mean that there is /less/ racism. there are so many problems we don't talk about[stereotypes]. racism is alive and well. we have to understand our differences to see it, potentially, lessen.

almeck-stuff:

edwardspoonhands:

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that any activist who was alive in 1964 who heard you say that their hard work to integrate schools, to allow interracial marriage, to allow black people to use the same bathrooms as white people, to secure rights for people of color in the United States has resulted in absolutely no progress would have a pretty hard time not hitting you in the face. 

My mom lived in Birmingham 50 years ago where a church was bombed by white supremacists fighting against civil rights and integration resulting in the deaths of four young girls. She has fought for HER WHOLE LIFE against the racism that she was raised inside. She fought it in herself and she fought it in her world and if your wrongness was not so infuriating I wouldn’t be taking the time to respond to it.

Yes, there is still racism, but in 1964 racism wasn’t a character flaw, it was public policy backed up by complete cultural complicity. Black people in the southern US were basically taught to be in constant fear for their lives. Mobs of white men would occasionally just grab a black man and hang him. Black men were tried by a jury of white people and found guilty of assault and sent to jail for LOOKING AT WHITE WOMEN. There were over 50 bombings in Birmingham alone committed by terrorists fighting against civil rights. The depth and breadth of the hatred and bigotry that allowed that to occur is far more intense than anything we deal with in America today. 

And yes, we’ve still got a long way to go, and we need to keep fighting for equality in America and everywhere. But just because racism still exists doesn’t mean we haven’t made huge amounts of progress.

Going through the comments and responses, I love how the ONLY people complaining and saying that he shouldn’t be saying anything because he’s white (and has white privilege)… are white.

Interesting. ^ Yeah, I don’t really see how anyone can deny that things are better than they were 50 years ago (overall). Hank isn’t saying that things are ok or that people should stop complaining because their ancestors had it worse. There’s less sexism, racism, and homophobia in the United States than there was in 1964, and I’m thankful to all of the people who helped get us to this point.


billnyeofficial:

Scrubs, teaching white people life lessons

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atomic-glitter:

iflewbikes:

rainbowclutter:

These are the victims of the May 23, 2014 Isla Vista, CA killings. They’ll receive too little face time for their loss.

People crying “he killed men too!” - look at the men he killed.

There is a pattern. Misogyny and racism go together hand in hand.

He was ranting a whole lot in his manifesto about how him being part white made him better than men of colour…

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atomic-glitter:

iflewbikes:

rainbowclutter:

These are the victims of the May 23, 2014 Isla Vista, CA killings. They’ll receive too little face time for their loss.

People crying “he killed men too!” - look at the men he killed.
There is a pattern. Misogyny and racism go together hand in hand.

He was ranting a whole lot in his manifesto about how him being part white made him better than men of colour…

sourcedumal:

WELP

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simplekindoflife:

myminiatureromance:

killbenedictcumberbatch:

why do white people think having a confederate flag anywhere on your property screams anything other than “im a blatant racist and slavery was cool”

i got into an argument with a woman once because she claimed she wasn’t racist even though she believes america needs a confederate history month.

Out of the hundreds of years of Southern history, it says a lot about those who think those four are the most important and that their symbols should be used to represent the South. I can’t believe you can still get a license plate with the Stars and Bars here in Georgia, but the State won’t issue anything (outside of roads) honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., Martha Berry (not just the college),  Juliette Gordon Low, Margaret Mitchell, The Carter Family, a zillion and one musicians etc.


themamafox:

sufficetogay:

youveupsettits:

get-your-ass-in-the-impala:

nurderling:

Watch this video from Cadillac. Note a few things (actor, white, rich guy, workaholic, typical cocky American, very unrealistic). This is not a parody video, they’re being completely serious.

Now watch Ford’s response.

I can’t explain it very well just please watch both of these videos okay Ford burns Cadillac so bad okay it’s so good.

"That’s the upside of giving a damn."

You better hope winter is coming, bitch. You’re gonna need it for that burn.

Holy SHIT.

Ford fucking laying down the damn law.

Ha! Go Ford.

Oooh snap.

(Source: nurdelingarchive)



souperbrother:

biryani-barbie:

catspirations:

what just happened

rly digging the two days he took to come up w a comeback

He had to put his thinkin cap on for that one.

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souperbrother:

biryani-barbie:

catspirations:

what just happened

rly digging the two days he took to come up w a comeback

He had to put his thinkin cap on for that one.

theinfamouschubbykitten:

MOTHERFUCKING BEAUTIFUL

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stand-up-comic-gifs:

He’s just mad because he can’t acquire all the apple juice that I’m acquiring. (x)

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ashkenazi-autie:

strawberry-bounce:

The real world.

This is from That’s So Raven, where Chelsea and Raven apply to work at the same clothing shop. Chelsea is white; Raven is black. Chelsea gets the job, despite being utterly horrible at it, while Raven, who has a deep interest in fashion and knows how to handle clothes, does not. The girls find this deeply suspicious, so Chelsea wears a hat with a camera on it and questions the employer. The employer admits what she does in the gif above and Chelsea and Raven submit the footage to a news station.


ashkenazi-autie:

strawberry-bounce:

The real world.

This is from That’s So Raven, where Chelsea and Raven apply to work at the same clothing shop. Chelsea is white; Raven is black. Chelsea gets the job, despite being utterly horrible at it, while Raven, who has a deep interest in fashion and knows how to handle clothes, does not. The girls find this deeply suspicious, so Chelsea wears a hat with a camera on it and questions the employer. The employer admits what she does in the gif above and Chelsea and Raven submit the footage to a news station.

cherabby:

"Man humans are lame why don’t we have like wings/horns/etc"

Humans can’t even handle having different skin colors how well do you really think that would go

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secretlymisha:

tommarvolohiddles said: I JUST SAW THE COMMERCIAL IT WAS GORGEOUS AND ALL THE PEOPLE TWEETING THAT THEY PREFER PEPSI NOW AND TAGGING #AMERICA MIGHT AS WELL BE SAYING #ENGLISHSPEAKINGWHITEPEOPLEONLY

for real. at first i was like wow how could anyone possibly be mad like i’m about to cry because of a coke commercial this is magical and then i was like oh right. racists.

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thisiswhiteprivilege:

chauvinistsushi:

cagedlions:

EPIC

An epic interview of Farrakhan on 60 mins

OOP

Here’s a link if you wanna hear it.

-CS

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lightspeedsound:

family guy is like that horrible dog that barks at everything really loudly and offensively but one time bit the really big football douchebag and made him cry 

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