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ROMA: Crossing the Border. on PCA.tv

Postby PCA.tv » Wed May 07, 2014 10:56 am

http://youtu.be/-RaAcXF49W0

ROMA: Crossing the Borders
The Gypsy image and Romani Reality.

Presented by Professor Ian Hancock.
Produced, filmed and Edited by John Merrill

Filmed at Petaluma Historical Library and Museum. http://www.petalumamuseum.com/

Ian Hancock is not a gypsy. He is a Romani. The difference in nomenclature is so important that Hancock, a professor of English, linguistics and Asian studies at The University of Texas at Austin since 1972, has devoted most of his adult life to dispelling ignorance about the ethnic group into which he was born.

"Most people don't know that appending the name 'gypsy' to my people is both wrong and pejorative," says Hancock, the official ambassador to the United Nations and UNICEF for the world's 15 million Romanies and the only Romani to have been appointed to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. "'Gypsy' is simply a shortened form of Egyptian—that's what many outsiders thought Romanies were. Using a little 'g' in 'gypsy' also compounds the problem because that indicates that as a common noun it's a lifestyle choice and not that we're an actual ethnic group.

"Most people don't even have a minimal education about Romanies. They don't know that seventy percent of the Romani population of Nazi-occupied Europe were murdered during the Holocaust. Or that we're the largest ethnic minority in Europe but have no political strength, military strength, economic strength or a territory. Or, for that matter, that there are over one million Romani Americans."

more:
http://www.utexas.edu/features/archive/2003/romani.html
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