I wish “young adult authors” were yknow, actual young adults in the 18-25 age range at least and not old dudes writing about the high school girl they never got to fuck with and you know who I’m talking about
[TW: Talk of sexual assault, physical assault, violence and antiziganism.]
I’ve sat here, combating the ignorance individually. I’m done with that. I’m done trying to reach you on a one on one level. You continuously ignore anything from me, you ignore the people I talk to on here who are Roma. You say we’re “Being too sensitive,” that “Gypsy is just a word,” that it stands for “Being free spirited, moving from place to place,” and the best, “I’m APPRECIATING your culture.”
First, gypsy is a slur. No matter what you think, it has been a slur for centuries. It’s where the term “gypped” comes from. It was believed that the Roma would rip gadje (non-Roma) off for money. Roma who escaped the fate of death at the hands of the SS and their dogs, the ones who weren’t killed right away, were branded with a “Z”, which stood for Zigeuner, the German word for “Gypsy”. They were shipped to death camps, where barely any suvived.
It is a slur still used today. Roma are called “Gyppos” while being beaten, forced out of their settlements, forced to move. They are called this when they are assaulted and even raped. They are victims of forced sterilization, forcible eviction of settlements, harassment by both law enforcement and citizens, fingerprinting simply because they are Roma, they are often ecxluded from schools.
I want you to look at this:
This is from 2009. This is a Roma woman being assaulted WHILE CARRYING HER CHILD in Dublin! This is what the word “Gypsy” stands for.
This is Natalka Kudrikova. She is a little girl who was severely burned when antiziganists threw molotov cocktails into her family’s home:
This is also what the word “Gypsy” stands for. This happened in 2010. Systemic violence against a culture, an ethnicity, that just wants to be treated equally, to not have their way of life treated horribly. You can be sure, as these acts were going on, the word “GYPSY!” was being screamed in a way meant to incite fear and terror in those hearing it.
You dress up in flowy clothing, half-naked or naked except for a shawl. Do you have any idea how insulting that is? It contributes to the fetishization and sexualization of the Roma. Women are assaulted physically and sexually, because of this type of thing. They are raped, simply because they are believed to be “Easy” because of these “Positive stereotypes” you’re so quick to buy into.
It’s damaging to the culture when you treat it as a costume. Do you know the meaning behind the long skirts, or the “head scarves” that you’re so fond of donning? Do you know why the Roma wear these? It’s not for fucking fashion.
When you wear these things without a a care, you take away the meaning of these items. You take away the deep cultural roots the have. The skirt is worn because the lower half of the body is traditionally seen as “unclean” due to marime, or the code that’s followed. That “scarf” is known as a diklo, worn by women when they are married.
When you dress like this, you are spitting in the face of that culture, these people that are treated like they’re less than garbage TODAY. Not centuries ago, this is STILL HAPPENING.
So, before you tag that picture as “Gypsy” or say you want to “Lead a gypsy lifestyle,” look back on this post. Think about what that word means, and what you’re saying. Think about how fucking disrespectful it is. Think about the racism involved with that word. And realize that you are contributing to the ignorance that allows violence like these 2 out of countless incidents that occur. You are turning the Roma into a trope. This positive stereotype allows people to ignore the violence and hatred that Roma are still facing, because everyone thinks that being a “gypsy” is all about freedom, when really, they face oppression daily!
You’re not cool when you do this, you’re contributing to racism and violence.
florida is a godless place. I went there once, got in the ocean, and immediately had to evacuate because a bull shark was swimming right towards me. there was an alligator on the side of the freeway. meth addicts and men on tractors roam free. florida is america’s australia
Friendzone ideology isn’t attacked because “nice guys” are comical or because fedoras make a funny meme, it’s because this logic is literally dangerous. This logic of “gentleman = deserving sex” breeds hatred of women, and brutal violence against women, and if a 22 year old self-proclaimed “supreme gentleman” murdering 7 in a campus shooting spree because of sexual rejection doesn’t drive that home, I don’t know what else would.
“Margaret Atwood asked a male friend why men feel threatened by women. “They are afraid women will laugh at them. She asked a group of women the same of men. “We’re afraid of being killed.”—The mass killing at UCSB is awful and disturbing (via p0kemina)
How do you feel about white rappers -- not in terms of personal creed (EX: the racism of Iggy Azalea) but just the fact that they're rapping? I saw a post calling Iggy's rapping "vocal blackface." What's your opinion on this?
I don’t really mind white rappers but I do think Iggy’s voice is a put on, which is racist as hell. She’s imitating what she believes black people sound like. Gross. You can tell it’s an act in her interviews but it’s pretty obvious in her recent appearance on dancing with the stars. She flubbed during her performance and broke character. Her natural voice is completely different. She’s said so many blatantly racist things that even if someone explained to her why her faux “blaccent” was offensive, I doubt she’d get it.
I will say this though, the media’s praise and hype over Iggy is a pretty clear example of her white privilege. Yeah, she’s cute but as a lyricist she’s average at best. Recently some magazine praised her as having the biggest debut for a female rapper since Nicki Minaj which….is cool I guess, but her album sold like 1/7th of what Pink Friday did, so it’s really not even worth mentioning. Same goes with her body. Yes, her body is banging, but according to the media a slim waist and big ass are only ideal when it’s on a white body. (I’m lookin at you Kim Kardashian…)
Same with Macklemore. He’s average at best, but praised endlessly and winning Grammys over more talented rappers mainly because he’s white. Someone on Twitter described it as, “Macklemore can rap about racism and poor black people and win a Grammy. Meanwhile Kendrick Lamar raps about actually BEING a poor black kid and gets nothing?” And then there’s the praise he gets for being an LGBT ally, as if rappers don’t support gay rights. Ugh. plenty of other rap artist support gay rights and there’s even a growing community of gay rappers and hip hop artists. So yeah. Change that, I don’t mind white rappers when they aren’t acting like they invented rap and at least credit black artists. Sadly, that doesn’t happen enough. Mainstream media stays acting like white rappers are the only ones supporting LGBT rights and the rest of hip hop is just homophobic misogynist dribble. Not here for it.