Throughout time Gypsies have suffered ?disproportionately from poverty,
(Lewy 1). One may wonder exactly who these people are who seem to be the
targets of so much violence and hostility. Well, the Gypsies are an inclusive
history. The number of Gypsies in the United States alone estimates to be
between one hundred thousand and one million, however their names still do not
appear in any census (Lewy 1).
Many of the hostilities that Gypsies have faced are due to the prejudices
color of their skin is a different . In fact a 19th century French observer referred
Americans seem to be more well off, because over time they have established a
whereas the Gypsies remain as they have always been. These people can also
were victims of this horrible occurrence in history. But unlike many of the Jewish
banks, and charities for victims of the Holocaust; Gypsies had very few assets,
and nobody was interested in their story ( ?A Gypsy Awakening? 3). Jewish
people actually tend to hold the Gypsies responsible for countless misdeeds and
also be seen in the English language ?to gyp is to swindle or cheat, a gypsy
driver is someone who picks up passengers without a proper taxi license?
(Lewy 3). The Gypsies are a strong group of people, and the majority of them
scrounge for every dollar they get, and every morsel of food they eat. Just
because their lifestyle is different and may not live up to the standards of others
does not put them out for public ridicule or prejudices.
?They are Europe?s most unwanted people? (Kim 1). Although the
Gypsies live in small shabby villages on the outside of town, their presence is
parts, as well as others, are poor, and most can not read or write. Statistics
state that over 60 percent of Gypsies are unemployed and when economic
hardship arises, they are the first to be laid off. In many countries they are
many other social benefits (Lewy 6). All throughout Europe these people are to
( ?Europe and its Roma (Gypsies)? 1).
Are the Gypsies looking for a better life? Are they looking for social
acceptance, the end of prejudices, and a way to overcome the many hardships
life has shown them? The answer is, yes. Recently over thirty-six Gypsies?
corpses were washed up along the shore of Montenegro. Probably more than
one-hundred drowned, when their boat sank. Where were they going? They
new life? ( ?A Gypsy Awakening? 1).
little history found on them. However one thing is for sure, they are people, and
like everybody else, are subject to fair treatment and basic human rights.
Throughout the world these people have been unfairly judged, ridiculed, and
the attitudes of all humans to see that not only the Gypsies, but all people are
given a fair and equal opportunity to make a stable life for themselves.
? Europe and its Roma (Gypsies).? Christian Science Monitor 19 Aug. 1999: 1-2.
? A Gypsy Awakening.? Economist 11 Sept. 1999: 1-3.
Kim, Lucian. ? Kosovo Gypsies Caught Between Serbs, Albanians.?
Lewy, Guenter. ? The Travail of the Gypsies.? National Interest 1999: 1-9.