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with Jackie Ambrow, MA, CHt

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Why Do We Call Ourselves "Joy Gypsies"?

If "gypsies" is a derogatory label for a minority group, why do we use it? 

The word "gypsies" has long been used as a disparaging term for the Roma/ Romani/ Romany people, also called "Traveling People," "Tinkers" and many other names. The Roma were mistakenly believed to have come from Egypt, and "gypsies" was slang for dark-haired, dark-skinned people from Egypt.  Genetic, linguistic and cultural evidence shows they probably arose from the Indian subcontinent in the first and second centuries A.D.

As a minority group pretty much wherever they've gone, Roma have endured centuries of oppression and marginalization.  Roma are a culturally diverse, vibrant and proud people and still live across Central and Eastern Europe.  Some Romani groups have settled down in communities and others still travel as their preferred lifestyle. 

You might wonder, why do we call ourselves a pejorative term for an ethnic minority?  Isn't...

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