Archive for September, 2009

My Gypsy childhood | The Guardian
September 7, 2009

In my early teens, I realised for the first time that there’s a widely held view that everyone who lives in a caravan or on the road is a dirty, thieving Gypsy, never contributing to society while living for free on land that doesn’t belong to them.

Gypsies and Travellers are the only social group that it is still acceptable to insult. In part, I think this stems from our levels of illiteracy and lack of social involvement; if people are unaware of what is being written about them, they’re not going to dispute it. And if they don’t dispute it, it will carry on.

via My Gypsy childhood | Life and style | The Guardian.