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Racism, discrimination of minorities widespread in Europe, especially the Czech Republic

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Last week, a report based on yet the most comprehensive survey of ethnic minorities living in Europe conducted concluded that "the majority experience racism and discrimination on a day-to-day basis," with the Roma and Africans at the highest risk. In fact, "around 90 percent of North Africans in Italy and France reported discrimination, while around 85 percent of Roma living in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Greece said they had been treated with prejudice because of their ethnicity." As a group, the Roma reported the highest overall levels of being discriminated against of all groups surveyed.

The Czech Republic "leads" the pack with the highest percentage in all of Europe of Roma reporting discrimination.

To read the rest of the article, go to my blog, Czechs In America.

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LauraB's picture

Thanks for the post

Hi teach girl,

I was interested to read the article...I am going to read a book for a book club called Zolii by Colum McCann which is about the Roma culture- so I will be learning more about the culture.

Thanks!

Laura

aliĝngix's picture

I hear you Honey

Discrimination. I understand because they are types of forms of subtle discrimination here where I live against Natives. It is nothing compared to the Roma, which I admire for keeping their heritage alive through all costs and times.

I thank you for sharing this article with us.

teachergirl's picture

read work by Roma writers

Hi Laura,

Thank you for your comment. Hope you took the time to read the rest of the article I posted. I recommend that in addition to the novel by Colum McCann, who, according to an interview I read with him didn't know a thing about the Roma people when he set out to write this novel, you read work written by the Roma, whether it be fiction or non-fiction. I believe in getting as much information as possible from authentic sources, especially when it comes to under-represented and marginalized groups. You could make quite a contribution to your book club, armed with materials from other sources to provide for a richer discussion and to ensure the literature is examined critically.

teachergirl's picture

aliĝngix

Thank you, aliĝngix for your comment! As a white (non-Roma) person, the least I can do is to keep my eyes and ears open and pass on information that I believe can make a difference.

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