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*aggressively protective of gray aces’ and demis’ sexual orientations and status as asexual-spectrum being legitimate*
I realized something odd a few days ago, which is that I only seem to hear about Roma deaths in the Holocaust or even current-day Roma issues from reposts on Jewish blogs such as yours, Semitic Semantics, or Null Toleranz Fur Nazis. Is this just because anti-Ziganism tends to go hand-in-hand with anti-Semitism, or because these are also SJ tumblrs, or what?
First of all, I would like to recommend the Roma blogs that I follow, including big-gadje-world and golden-zephyr. There are quite a few on tumblr, so you don’t have to get your Roma related current events from Jewish bloggers only.
But I do think there is something to be said for your guess that anti-Ziganism goes hand in hand with anti-Semitism. Ashkenazi Jews and Roma share a history of persecution by the hands of the same people, including the Holocaust which had in its goals the eradication of both our peoples. And today in Europe that history continues with the most virulently anti-Ziganist parties being anti-Semitic also and vice versa.
It’s interesting you bring up that it could be because the blogs you spoke of are social justice as well because I think both Jewish and Roma bloggers have become used to having our issues brushed aside, at best, and actively repeated through micro-agressions and assertions that we are not real people with real issues, at worst. Both Jews and Roma fall between the cracks as easily identifiable as white or POC and because of our histories in Europe where racism often doesn’t fall along clear cut colorist lines, the very different sort of persecution we face in both Europe and the United States (and the romanticization we face in the latter) baffle social justice activists and bloggers who aren’t used praxes of racism separate from color issues.
All of this leads to a solidarity I have found on tumblr between Jewish and Roma bloggers.
As a last note, however, the fact that you see Roma issues being discussed primarily on Jewish blogs isn’t just a sign of that solidarity but also a sign on the invisibility faced by Roma today, culminating in the silence on Roma victims of the Holocaust in so many memorials, museums, and ceremonies on the subject.
^ this answer tho. So much truth.
What a great answer!
As a “social justice” Jewish blogger I feel I have the responsibility to learn as much as I can about antiziganism both historical and contemporary, for all of the reasons listed above.
Hijacking this ask slightly, I’d like to thank Qristina (g-z) and big-gadje-world for everything they’ve taught me, as well as for the grace and dignity with which they handle the incredible amount of ignorance and targeted attacks they receive daily. You are both my personal heroes and role models.
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