Koko wrote:The thing is that the problem cannot be fixed unless the two sides work to help it.
Honestly, many stereotypes (has something to do with the Romani) exist because the races associated with a stereotype generally live up to them. I mean, if the Romani don't want to be hated, simply stop acting how you currently are. As long as many Romani continue stealing and behaving as reported, their overall reputation won't get any better.
And for the those against the Romani, rather than beaking them and just being deuches, work to help them be more civil (surely, their culture can't view stealing and beating (as reported) as civil, right?).
For both the sides, they need to gain trust with each other. I know it's difficult to do that when you've been bashing each other for decades, but what had happened is over; many countries have gained the other's trust and friendship after wars (look at the States and Germany, or Japan and the States, or the States and the States): the Romani and the Australians, Czechs, Swedes, Greeks, Europeans in general can do so too. Or should be able to.
This entire post is a perfect study in victim blaming.
The thing is, most Roma don't steal or behave badly, but they are still thought of as thieves and treated accordingly. So who should start with the trusting?
Sure, there are Roma who steal, but guess what? Since they aren't let into the main society in many places, and many are still poor also in countries where there are efforts to integrate them, they are in the socio-economic group whose members are more likely to commit petty theft. This group includes lots of white Europeans as well, but do we look at every poor person as a thief? Nope.
Not to mention that if there has been a theft ad there are Roma in the vicinity, they are often blamed whether they did it or not. Which in turn makes the stereotype come true in the majority's eyes, leading to a truly scary post like yours.
And why should the Roma start trusting the majority society? A society that has been actively persecuting them for centuries, and only 70 years ago worked at eradicating their people. Sure, the Nazis aren't in control of Europe any more so there aren't any death camps, but the notion that they are vermin hasn't gone away, and even after 1945 they weren't allowed to settle down, had their children taken away from them, their women sterilised, and were denied education. Then later on, when (at least in the Western world) that changed (often they went from being forced to move around to being forced to settle down in designated flats, with no regards to their culture or family ties), they found it very hard to find jobs, their kids got bullied at school, very often by the teachers, and that still hasn't changed!
But oh no, they
are the ones who should start trusting us
Edit: oh yes, an apparently we fine white people should teach those savages how to be civil. Like the nice colonial masters of the olden days did for the population in huge chunks of the world, it's simply doing them a favour.
Maybe you didn't mean it that way, but that's what it reads like to me.
read fluently, understand well, speak badly;
read fluently, understand badly, can't speak;
read some, understand a bit, speak a few sentences;
heritage language, want to understand and speak but can't.