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Our history books are full of ethnic and religious groups who have beenmistreated However these books say very little if anything at all about theGypsies In this paper I am going to discuss a few of the many hardships andprejudices that Gypsies have faced and continue to face todayThroughout time Gypsies have suffered disproportionately from povertyunemployment interethnic violence discrimination illiteracy and diseaseLewy 1 One may wonder exactly who these people are who seem to be thetargets of so much violence and hostility Well the Gypsies are an inclusivegroup they have their own language and they are nomadic which means thatthey travel around in clans usually looking for work and pay It is extremelydifficult to learn the origin of these people because they have no written or oralhistory The number of Gypsies in the United States alone estimates to bebetween one hundred thousand and one million however their names still do notMany of the hostilities that Gypsies have faced are due to the prejudicesthat others have against them simply because they are different This is similarto the way that African Americans were treated in America on the fact that thecolor of their skin is a different In fact a 19th century French observer referredto them as Europes negroes A Gypsy Awakening 1 Actually AfricanAmericans seem to be more well off because over time they have established abetter way of life for themselves and overcome many hardships and prejudiceswhereas the Gypsies remain as they have always been These people can alsorelate to another group the Jews who were victims of the Holocaust for they toowere victims of this horrible occurrence in history But unlike many of the Jewishfamilies who were able get their life back on track after the war with help frombanks and charities for victims of the Holocaust Gypsies had very few assetsand nobody was interested in their story A Gypsy Awakening 3 Jewishpeople actually tend to hold the Gypsies responsible for
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