Vilnius - Pickpockets. Thieves. Fortune-tellers. Horse-traders. Musicians and dancers. These are just some of the popular conceptions we have of the one-time wanderering people we now know as the Roma, and once referred to as Gypsies."Few people anywhere have endured as much ingrained prejudice and 'respectable disdain,' often from otherwise convinced liberals, as the Roma," says Vilnius University professor Dovid Katz.He explained that because of the many pejorative associations of the loaded word "Gypsies," Roma is gradually becoming the universally accepted word for this people in the ...
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