Friday, August 28, 2009

Madonna booed in Bucharest for defending Gypsies

Madonna booed in Bucharest for defending Gypsies | Associated Press - August 27, 2009 1:13 PM PDT | BUCHAREST, Romania - "At first, fans politely applauded the Roma performers sharing a stage with Madonna. Then the pop star condemned widespread discrimination against Roma, or Gypsies — and the cheers gave way to jeers.

The sharp mood change that swept the crowd of 60,000, who had packed a park for Wednesday night's concert, underscores how prejudice against Gypsies remains deeply entrenched across Eastern Europe.

The plight of the Gypsies in Europe is centuries old. In Western Europe it's not quite as bad but the discrimination is still harsh and prevalent. Most people on this side of the pond know next to nothing about this issue. The Gypsies have had it bad for so long because the cultural and moral acceptance of the discrimination against them.

One large example of this was the Holocaust. The fact that 6 million Jews were killed is, at this point, common knowledge. The the Nazi regime murdered over 12 million people. In raw numbers the Jews were the single biggest percentage of deaths. But if you look at the percentage of those killed compared to the total number of their "group," the Gypsies were nearly wiped off the face of the Earth. Very few people know this.

Today, the news of a small group of Hispanics, Jews, African Americans, Asians, etc. being killed just because they were there would raise a media firestorm. None of us would stand for that no matter what race or religion we are. Should it be any different for the Gypsies?
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