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Why understanding the word “Gypsy” is important.

golden-zephyr:

This week, several neo-Nazis in Ontario, Canada, were allowed to walk free from court on a technicality.

Although arrested for protesting in front of a motel housing recently arrived Romani refugees (mostly women and children) carrying banners adorned with swastikas and shouting racist slogans (things like ”Honk if you hate Gypsies,” “Out Gypsies out,” “You’re a cancer” and “Canada is not a trash can”), court judge Russell Otter accepted the defence position that the Crown had not proven that the terms “Roma” and “Gypsy” mean the same thing. The Crown sought to amend the charge to read “Roma a.k.a. gypsies.” This was refused.

This terrible report pretty much sums up the reason I argue against all of the shit I find in the #Gypsy tag. When you have scores of TV shows, musicians, and bubblegum hipsters arguing that no, it’s fine, it’s just a word and we use it in a different way….

it undermines the centuries of racist hatred that has been meted out to us and that we still face. It allows neo-Nazis to excuse their overtly racist behaviour because, oh we weren’t talking about the Roma…only the Gypsies.

Except, THEY ARE THE SAME THING

The history of the word “Gypsy” is inexorably tied to the Roma. It was a word created on our backs as we made our way into Europe. It was a word branded on our foreheads before we were hung. It was a word tattooed onto our skin before we were gassed. It was a word that took away our children. 

It was a word battered into our hearts for all eternity. 

It doesn’t matter how we try to assert our own identity, to separate ourselves from the word “Gypsy”, we aren’t allowed. People use the word AT us how and when they choose. Some argue that only the “bad” Roma are “Gypsies”. Some argue that the only “Gypsies” are Romanian. Some argue that we’re Romani Gypsies. Some groups under the term are proud to be Gypsy (mostly those who did not face the Holocaust) and continually misrepresent our relationship and our relationship to the word.
Then, of course, you have the legions of young people who INSIST that  the word “Gypsy” can be removed completely from its ties with a racial and ethnic category and pulled solely into the realm of hipster life and bubblegum fashion. Clothing lines flaunt their “Gypsy Style” and bands such as “Gogol Bordello” support this argument with frequent use of the word “Gypsy” and promotion of a stereotype (and nothing done to address it).
TV shows utilizing the term “Gypsy” do not, for the most part, show Roma. They are made by white people and generally feature Americanized Irish Travellers (the My Big Fat Wedding series for example) or Romanichal. They are a misrepresentative (and often extremely stereotyped) portrayal of our lifestyle. The shows are often used as a defense for those who would slander our ethnicity. 
Roma is the correct term for our race and ethnicity. I am Romani. I am part of a larger group of ethnicities that include Romanichal, Sinte, Kale, Kaale, Calo, Kallon, Romany. We are all corralled under the term Gypsy together, though our histories are divergent and our language and culture different. We all have our roots in India centuries ago. We all battle discrimination and racism on a daily basis. 
We are not the only ones under the exonym, but we are certainly the largest group to whom the word is applied.
Please, don’t use (or support the use of) the word “Gypsy”. It is an ethnic and racial slur that has murdered many hundreds of thousands of my people and now allows white supremacists to walk away unpunished….

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— 1 year ago with 3152 notes

#racism  #fascism  #Canada  #gypsy  #Roma  #Romani 

golden-zephyr:

sinidentidades:

golden dawn in Greece has pretty much infiltrated the government and the police forces so it’s like that’s been a slow process, and they probably had to keep quiet about their views as they slowly took over. it’s similar to the “ghost skins” thing that recently came out in the u.s., which are white supremacists that don’t don the usual skinhead look etc. and try to blend into society and get into government, military, police, and other types of positions that put them in power and in easy access to weapons and professional combat training. 

The Golden Dawn also is in Italy now.

It’s frightening.

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— 1 year ago with 57 notes

#WTF?  #fascism  #politics  #world politics 
"

Where are we headed? Why? These recent laws criminalizing protest, and giving local police – who, recall, are now infused with DHS money, military hardware and personnel – powers to terrify and traumatize people who have not gone through due process or trial, are being set up to work in concert with a see-all-all-the-time surveillance state. A facility is being set up in Utah by the NSA to monitor everything all the time: James Bamford wrote in Wired magazine that the new facility in Bluffdale, Utah, is being built, where the NSA will look at billions of emails, texts and phone calls. Similar legislation is being pushed forward in the UK.

With that Big Brother eye in place, working alongside these strip-search laws, – between the all-seeing data-mining technology and the terrifying police powers to sexually abuse and humiliate you at will – no one will need a formal coup to have a cowed and compliant citizenry. If you say anything controversial online or on the phone, will you face arrest and sexual humiliation?

Remember, you don’t need to have done anything wrong to be arrested in the US any longer. You can be arrested for walking your dog without a leash. A man who was forced to spread his buttocks was stopped for a driving infraction. I was told by an NYPD sergeant that “safety” issues allow the NYPD to make arrests at will. So nothing prevents thousands of Occupy protesters – if there will be any left after these laws start to bite – from being rounded up and stripped naked under intimidating conditions.

Why is this happening? I used to think the push was just led by those who profited from endless war and surveillance – but now I see the struggle as larger. As one internet advocate said to me: “There is a race against time: they realize the internet is a tool of empowerment that will work against their interests, and they need to race to turn it into a tool of control.”

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— 2 years ago with 193 notes

#surveillance  #big brother  #orwellian  #fascism 
The US schools with their own police →

The charge on the police docket was “disrupting class”. But that’s not how 12-year-old Sarah Bustamantes saw her arrest for spraying two bursts of perfume on her neck in class because other children were bullying her with taunts of “you smell”.

“I’m weird. Other kids don’t like me,” said Sarah, who has been diagnosed with attention-deficit and bipolar disorders and who is conscious of being overweight. “They were saying a lot of rude things to me. Just picking on me. So I sprayed myself with perfume. Then they said: ‘Put that away, that’s the most terrible smell I’ve ever smelled.’ Then the teacher called the police.”

The policeman didn’t have far to come. He patrols the corridors of Sarah’s school, Fulmore Middle in Austin, Texas. Like hundreds of schools in the state, and across large parts of the rest of the US, Fulmore Middle has its own police force with officers in uniform who carry guns to keep order in the canteens, playgrounds and lessons. Sarah was taken from class, charged with a criminal misdemeanour and ordered to appear in court.

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— 2 years ago with 309 notes

#fascism  #repression  #repression in school 
mohandasgandhi:

Glenn Greenwald: With the new National Defense Authorization Act, Congress has formally declared that the entire world (including the U.S.) is a battlefield and the war will essentially go on forever

A bill co-sponsored by Democratic Sen. Carl Levin and GOP Sen. John McCain   (S. 1867) — included in the pending defense authorization bill — is  predictably on its way to passage. It is triggering substantial alarm in many circles, including from the ACLU –  and rightly so. But there are also many misconceptions about it that  have been circulating that should be clarified, including a possible  White House veto. Here are the bill’s three most important provisions:

(1) mandates that all accused Terrorists  be indefinitely imprisoned by the military rather than in the civilian  court system; it also unquestionably permits (but does not mandate) that even U.S. citizens on U.S. soil accused of  Terrorism be held by the military rather than charged in the civilian  court system (Sec. 1032);
(2) renews the 2001 Authorization to Use Military  Force (AUMF) with more expansive language: to allow force (and military  detention) against not only those who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and  countries which harbored them, but also anyone who “substantially supports” Al Qaeda, the Taliban or “associated forces” (Sec. 1031); and,
(3) imposes new restrictions on the U.S. Government’s ability to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo (Secs. 1033-35).

There are several very revealing aspects to all of this. First, the 9/11 attack happened more than a decade ago; Osama bin Laden is dead; the U.S. Government claims it has killed virtually all of Al Qaeda’s leadership and the group is  “operationally ineffective” in the Afghan-Pakistan region; and many  commentators insisted that these developments would mean that the War on  Terror would finally begin to recede. And yet here we have the  Congress, on a fully bipartisan basis, acting not only to re-affirm the  war but to expand it even further: by formally declaring that  the entire world (including the U.S.) is a battlefield and the war will  essentially go on forever.
Indeed, it seems clear that they are doing this precisely out of fear that the justifications they have long given for the War no longer  exist and there is therefore a risk Americans will clamor for its end.  This is Congress declaring: the War is more vibrant than ever and must be expanded further. For  our political class and the private-sector that owns it, the War on  Terror — Endless War — is an addiction: it is not a means to an end but the end itself (indeed, 2/3 of these war addicts in the Senate just rejected Rand Paul’s bill to repeal the 2003 Iraq AUMF even as they insist that  the Iraq War has ended). This is the war-hungry U.S. Congress acting  preemptively to ensure that there is no sense in the citizenry that the  War on Terror — and especially all of the vast new powers it spawned —  can start to wind down, let alone be reversed.
Second, consider how typically bipartisan this all is. The Senate just voted 37-61 against an amendment,  sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, that would have stripped the  Levin/McCain section from the bill: in other words, Levin/McCain  garnered one more vote than the 60 needed to stave off a filibuster. Every GOP Senator (except Rand Paul and Mark Kirk) voted against the  Udall amendment, while just enough Democrats – 16 in total — joined the GOP to ensure passage of Levin/McCain. That includes such  progressive stalwarts as Debbie Stabenow, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeanne  Shaheen and its lead sponsor, Carl Levin.
I’ve described this little scam before as “Villain Rotation”: “They always have a  handful of Democratic Senators announce that they will be the ones to  deviate this time from the ostensible party position and impede success,  but the designated Villain constantly shifts, so the Party itself can  claim it supports these measures while an always-changing handful of  their members invariably prevent it.” This has happened with countless votes that  are supposed manifestations of right-wing radicalism but that pass  because an always-changing roster of Democrats ensure they have the  support needed. So here is the Democratic Party — led by its senior  progressive National Security expert, Carl Levin, and joined by just  enough of its members — joining the GOP to ensure that this bill passes,  and that the U.S. Government remains vested with War on Terror powers  and even expands that war in some critical respects.
Third,  I haven’t written about this bill until now for one reason: as odious  and definitively radical as the powers are which this bill endorses, it  doesn’t actually change the status quo all that much. That’s because the  Bush and Obama administrations have already successfully claimed most  of the powers in the bill, and courts have largely acquiesced. To be  sure, there are dangers to having Congress formally codify these powers.  But a powerful sign of how degraded our political culture has become is  that this bill — which in any other time would be shockingly extremist —  actually fits right in with who we are as a nation and what our  political institutions are already doing. To be perfectly honest, I just  couldn’t get myself worked up over a bill that, with some exceptions,  does little more than formally recognize and codify what our Government  is already doing.
(Continue reading…)

mohandasgandhi:

Glenn Greenwald: With the new National Defense Authorization Act, Congress has formally declared that the entire world (including the U.S.) is a battlefield and the war will essentially go on forever

A bill co-sponsored by Democratic Sen. Carl Levin and GOP Sen. John McCain  (S. 1867) — included in the pending defense authorization bill — is predictably on its way to passage. It is triggering substantial alarm in many circles, including from the ACLU – and rightly so. But there are also many misconceptions about it that have been circulating that should be clarified, including a possible White House veto. Here are the bill’s three most important provisions:

(1) mandates that all accused Terrorists be indefinitely imprisoned by the military rather than in the civilian court system; it also unquestionably permits (but does not mandate) that even U.S. citizens on U.S. soil accused of Terrorism be held by the military rather than charged in the civilian court system (Sec. 1032);

(2) renews the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) with more expansive language: to allow force (and military detention) against not only those who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and countries which harbored them, but also anyone who “substantially supports” Al Qaeda, the Taliban or “associated forces” (Sec. 1031); and,

(3) imposes new restrictions on the U.S. Government’s ability to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo (Secs. 1033-35).

There are several very revealing aspects to all of this. First, the 9/11 attack happened more than a decade ago; Osama bin Laden is dead; the U.S. Government claims it has killed virtually all of Al Qaeda’s leadership and the group is “operationally ineffective” in the Afghan-Pakistan region; and many commentators insisted that these developments would mean that the War on Terror would finally begin to recede. And yet here we have the Congress, on a fully bipartisan basis, acting not only to re-affirm the war but to expand it even further: by formally declaring that the entire world (including the U.S.) is a battlefield and the war will essentially go on forever.

Indeed, it seems clear that they are doing this precisely out of fear that the justifications they have long given for the War no longer exist and there is therefore a risk Americans will clamor for its end. This is Congress declaring: the War is more vibrant than ever and must be expanded further. For our political class and the private-sector that owns it, the War on Terror — Endless War — is an addiction: it is not a means to an end but the end itself (indeed, 2/3 of these war addicts in the Senate just rejected Rand Paul’s bill to repeal the 2003 Iraq AUMF even as they insist that the Iraq War has ended). This is the war-hungry U.S. Congress acting preemptively to ensure that there is no sense in the citizenry that the War on Terror — and especially all of the vast new powers it spawned — can start to wind down, let alone be reversed.

Second, consider how typically bipartisan this all is. The Senate just voted 37-61 against an amendment, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, that would have stripped the Levin/McCain section from the bill: in other words, Levin/McCain garnered one more vote than the 60 needed to stave off a filibuster. Every GOP Senator (except Rand Paul and Mark Kirk) voted against the Udall amendment, while just enough Democrats – 16 in total — joined the GOP to ensure passage of Levin/McCain. That includes such progressive stalwarts as Debbie Stabenow, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeanne Shaheen and its lead sponsor, Carl Levin.

I’ve described this little scam before as “Villain Rotation”: “They always have a handful of Democratic Senators announce that they will be the ones to deviate this time from the ostensible party position and impede success, but the designated Villain constantly shifts, so the Party itself can claim it supports these measures while an always-changing handful of their members invariably prevent it.” This has happened with countless votes that are supposed manifestations of right-wing radicalism but that pass because an always-changing roster of Democrats ensure they have the support needed. So here is the Democratic Party — led by its senior progressive National Security expert, Carl Levin, and joined by just enough of its members — joining the GOP to ensure that this bill passes, and that the U.S. Government remains vested with War on Terror powers and even expands that war in some critical respects.

Third, I haven’t written about this bill until now for one reason: as odious and definitively radical as the powers are which this bill endorses, it doesn’t actually change the status quo all that much. That’s because the Bush and Obama administrations have already successfully claimed most of the powers in the bill, and courts have largely acquiesced. To be sure, there are dangers to having Congress formally codify these powers. But a powerful sign of how degraded our political culture has become is that this bill — which in any other time would be shockingly extremist — actually fits right in with who we are as a nation and what our political institutions are already doing. To be perfectly honest, I just couldn’t get myself worked up over a bill that, with some exceptions, does little more than formally recognize and codify what our Government is already doing.

(Continue reading…)

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— 2 years ago with 136 notes

#fascism 
"In the US, there is basically one party - the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies. By and large, I am opposed to those policies. As is most of the population."
Noam Chomsky (via changingperspective)

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— 3 years ago with 424 notes

#democrats  #republicans  #republicrat  #two-party system  #capitalism  #fascism  #united states  #government 
"Inverted totalitarianism, unlike classical totalitarianism, does not revolve around a demagogue or charismatic leader. It finds expression in the anonymity of the Corporate State. It purports to cherish democracy, patriotism, and the Constitution while manipulating internal levers."

Chris Hedges

Great to hear this reality expressed so clearly. Not sure if this is at all accurate, but it seems inverted totalitarianism is not even too directly predicated on nationalism … one might even suggest that the conflicting viewpoints of nationalism (which tends to be mindless) & the more democratic ideals our republic was ostensibly founded upon are almost a distraction from the reality that, as oppressive as the State is (inherently, & especially so nowadays) that conflict may be somewhat moot due to the fact that the State’s power is rather subsumed by big business interests, & focusing on making it more amenable to thinking, liberal democratic ideas rather than a catalyst for nationalism might not make too much of a difference if Multi-Nationals &tc. still retain such an extreme degree of control/influence over our society.

[Well, that is, if today the State at all separate from the hyper-capitalist “private sector” (some would argue they/their interests mostly indistinguishable, & i see little about that allegation with which to disagree.]

. :: adailyriot:bradicalmang: anarchofeminist :: .

— 3 years ago with 25 notes

#anti-authoritarian  #totalitarianism  #fascism  #power  #government  #democracy  #corporatism  #hyper-capitalism  #political  #constitution 
"The wealthiest Americans have seen incomes skyrocket since the 90s, growing 409% between 1992 and 2007, while their effective tax rate fell to just 16% — less than yours and mine. During the same period, two out of every three US corporations paid no federal income taxes at all.” Welcome to the root of the shortfall."
— 3 years ago with 42 notes

#corportatism  #fascism  #inequality  #wealth inequality  #classism 
"I’ve always suspected that the Soviet Union was the last of the old style authoritarian tyrannies. The totalitarian systems of the future will be obsequious and subservient, plying us with drinks and soft slippers like a hostess on an airliner, adjusting our TV screen for us so that we won’t ask exactly where the plane is going, or even whether there is a pilot on board."

J.G. Ballard. [intv Zinovy Zinik, 1998]

. :: RE/search, discovered via signa :: .

— 4 years ago with 5 notes

#authoritarian  #tyranny  #empire  #totalitarianism  #fascism  #society  #distraction  #weapons of mass distraction  #entertainment 
"Instead of looking for a reference to supposed static entities called “races” to define acts of racism, it makes more sense to consider racialisation as a constant process. Just as fascism is notoriously a “scavenger” ideology, opportunistically appropriating ideological bric-a-brac from other outlooks and traditions, so racist ideologies are continually constructed and reconstructed with a variety of elements of national, regional, religious, sectional and class stereotypes."
— 4 years ago with 11 notes

#racism  #social constructivism  #fascism  #fluidity of social systems  #new faces - same system