“If Romanies were Panda Bears we would be protected”

Ciuin Ferrin, Educational Director of O Porrajmos Educational Society, comments on American Gypsies, a new series on the National Geographic Channel:

“… Nat Geo isn’t part of the solution. They are exploiting the problem, the stereotypes, the racism, for profit and ratings. They are assisting in destroying a people — Romanies — who are already being sterilized, forced out of schools, and murdered by neo-Nazis. You know… if Romanies were Panda Bears we would be protected. We are the largest minority in Europe. If we were animals we would be on the endangered species list! But we are humans… so we don’t matter. Not even to Nat Geo.”

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