April 8th, 2011


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"Roma is an ethnicity, not a lifestyle."

The timing of this report is perfect, given a recent discussion I had about gadje who continue to call themselves "gypsy" because they romanticize the "gypsy life."   some argued with me that it didn't apply in the US because Roma aren't discriminated against here.  people believe what they want to believe, i understand that; but, if there is the slightest possibility that a word you choose to use is capable of offending another person, why use it?


International Roma Day

this was all warm and fuzzy, right up until "God-given potential."
they can't have potential on their own?
how about some separation between church and (secretary of) state?

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 7, 2011
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send greetings to all Roma everywhere as you celebrate International Roma Day this April 8. In communities across Europe and around the world, Romani people have contributed in ways large and small to culture, music, and the arts. This is also an occasion to commemorate the history of brave resistance against Nazi persecution.

Protecting and promoting the rights of Romani people everywhere is a personal commitment of mine. Far too often and in too many places, Roma continue to experience racial profiling, violence, segregation, and other forms of discrimination. Individuals, organizations, and governments must establish the political, legal, and social landscape to encourage and value diversity. I call upon European leaders to redouble their efforts to ensure that Romani people are not discriminated against in access to education, healthcare, housing and employment opportunities.

I am pleased to announce that in the coming days, we will be launching two new programs to assist members of Romani communities in Romania, Moldova, Slovakia and Hungary. These programs are in addition to our ongoing support in Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo and elsewhere across Europe. We are working to increase legal assistance, expand educational opportunities, and help more Romani people participate in political discourse to strengthen a new generation of Romani community leaders. With the help of governments, international organizations, civil society groups, and others around the world, we are helping Romani communities and individuals everywhere chart a new path so that every Romani person may live up to her or his God-given potential. (emphasis mine)

creepy but cool truth of the day;)

so i am writing a chapter on Tito's philosophy of equality and i can't find the words...so i decide to get up and stretch a bit.

as i do, i say, "come on, Tito, put the words in my head....what did you think of...."

suddenly i was reminded i have an entire binder full of his speeches.

damn, Tito, you communicate fast for a dead man.

he pointed the way!

but, more surprising, i actually got it!

this moment of pure silliness brought to you by too many undercaffeinated and overthoughtful moments.