December 10 of this year was the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the
adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations.
Yet Europe's discrimination against Roma has grown if anything worse.
And those who do the persecuting are more than matched in numbers by
those who stand by with indifference and watch, at times applaud, this
visible abuse and neglect of their fellow Europeans, the Roma.
There is however a change, a small change, hopefully one that will take
over and turn the tide. Groups of idealists and activists: there is the
Everyone Group in Italy, Rencontres Tsiganes in France, I have read that
Romani Women have gathered in Committees and even staged open marches of
protest. These are just a few that I have followed from across the
ocean. These groups not only fight for equal rights, but for the right
to be different. The Romani culture is one of beauty and love of peace.
It is part of Europe's history, and should be honored and preserved. We
over here, living in safety in the United States, should support these
groups; join this fight for justice and equality that nobody can morally
afford to lose.