Something I've been meaning to write about for a while and something that I feel strongly about is the stigma surrounding the Gypsy Roma and Irish Traveler ethnicity.
To quote the all-knowing Wikipedia, 'The term gypsy more specifically refers to people of Romani origin, an ethnic group that can be traced to the Indian subcontinent, while Travelers are mainly of Irish or English origin.They are considered an ethnic group under British law.'
So technically the verbal abuse and social targeting that the Travelling community receive is a form of racism? And racism is apparently unacceptable,so how come its so natural for us 'Settled people' to stereotype all Gypsys and pigeon hole them as being a certain way, using derogatory terms such as 'Pikey'and the like to describe them.
Illegal immigrants and people who aren't originally from this country receive more respect and help from the governments than these communities that are born here but choose maintain a separate set of traditions.
Let’s look into the facts of their way of life-
Starting with their morals and the way in which they raise their children,one of the most important points that I admire. People who watch the populartelevision show 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' will be familiar with the traditionthat woman marry young, usually as teenagers of around 16-17, with the majorityof wives expected to be virgins at time of marriage. Most girls have a strictupbringing, being watched over closely by their Mother and Father and have tobe chaperoned on any outings, especially with a man/future husband. Groups ofsisters, cousins etc. stick together and have to accompany each other even ifonly taking a trip to the shop. Dropping out of public school before the end ofprimary school, girls start to help contribute in the home, learning to keepthe family home clean and look after their younger siblings and family membersin preparation for their marriage. Meanwhile the young boys learn the importantknowledge and trades that they'll use to support a future wife.
As far as I'm concerned there is nothing wrong with any of the abovestated. On the contrary, if anything I think people should take a leaf out oftheir book and strive to raise their children to have respect and know theirplace. The males and females are both aware of their social standings andranking within the community, reminiscent of the 50s where the men were thebread winners and women filled the housewife roll. I cannot really understand the problem peoplehave with this, unlike feminists the travelers don’t protest and force theirviews on anyone else, do they?