I am an American gypsy as I moved from three locations in Ohio to Chicago to Florida to two locations in California and back east to Virginia – a gypsy by definition is a laborer who moves from place to place as demanded by employment as in itinerant gypsy.
Though I am not a person of dark skin and hair who speaks Romany and who traditionally lives by fortunetelling. However, I would gladly tell a fortune on request if a sum were to pass my palm worthy of the effort. My DNA would link me to having come from northern India, though my grandmother from Luxembourg so polluted my genes with fairness that one cannot identify me as such.
I must investigate Romany, the language of the Gypsies.
America’s gypsies are the people who travel in small bands, living on the streets in public spaces, often by libraries. They camp on benches and avail themselves of public facilities. At night, when the weather is inclement, they take advantage of shelter for the homeless, yet by design, the street is their home.
Meals come from who knows where, a public benefit or a helping hand.
As fall is upon us in Washington DC and winter is just around the corner, it is time to search for an open space on the grate above the Metro where warm air will flow upward into the freezing temperatures where I may lie with a blanket covering my exposed side, turning I will rotate to keep warm.
“Italy's crackdown on Gypsies reflects rising anti-immigrant tide in Europe
Italy cracks down on Gypsies and their camps as part of an anti-immigrant effort.
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, October 12, 2010; 12:25 AM
MILAN - This venerable city, long known for savory saffron risotto and the leggy models of Fashion Week, is moving to establish itself as something else: a zero-tolerance zone for Gypsies.
Anti-Gypsy campaigns in neighboring France have sparked international criticism, with officials there in recent months deporting more than 1,000 ethnic Roma - a clannish people migrating west in large numbers from Eastern Europe. But with great bravado, Milan is taking the lead in responding to Italy's own "Gypsy Emergency."
Blaming rising crime on the new waves of Roma immigrants, authorities are moving to dismantle Milan's largest authorized Gypsy camp, Triboniano, a teeming shantytown of street musicians and day laborers that officials decry as a den of thieves. At the same time, Milan is bulldozing hundreds of small, impromptu camps inhabited by newer arrivals and issuing mass eviction notices to Roma families living in another long-established camp in the city's largest immigrant neighborhood.
"These are dark-skinned people, not Europeans like you and me," said Riccardo De Corato, who is Milan's vice mayor from Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's ruling party and who is in charge of handling the camps. He later added: "Our final goal is to have zero Gypsy camps in Milan."
The campaign underway here is part of what observers are calling the most intense wave of anti-immigration sentiment to wash over Western Europe in years.
The immigration debate in Europe, just as in the United States, has dramatically intensified in the wake of the Great Recession, with voters increasingly blaming immigrants such as the Roma for taking away jobs, driving up crime rates and disturbing time-honored traditions.
Across the continent, governments are boldly throwing up new barriers to immigration, increasing enforcement and targeting groups such as the Roma, who are also known as Gypsies. Even in some of the most progressive nations in the region, such as Sweden, voters are showing new support for ultra-right politicians whose platforms center on a tougher line on immigration.
In Britain, the new Conservative-led coalition government has slapped a temporary cap on immigration from non-European Union nations, limiting the ability of companies to hire foreign nationals in a bid to drive down the unemployment rate. A permanent cap set to go into effect next year is expected to make it more difficult for even Americans to get long-term work visas there.
In France, a proposed law could strip citizenship from foreigners naturalized for less than 10 years if they commit violent crimes against the police or a government official. New detention centers would be set up to make it easier to deport illegal immigrants. Citizens of other European Union countries - who theoretically enjoy freedom of movement across the 27-nation zone - would find it harder to stay in France if they are not law-abiding and gainfully employed.”
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