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12/03/2008

After Obama... A Romani leader of state?

By Jake Bowers. Travellers’ Times Online Editor (UK news for/about Roma & Travellers)
        When he stepped up onto that stage in Chicago, around the world the tears started flowing. Born into a country that still officially segregated its black and white citizens, President-elect of the USA Barack Obama is Martin Luther King’s dream come true. Forty years after King dreamed of a day when black children would be judged “on the content of character rather than the colour of their skins”, few would have predicted that that day would have been as soon as November 4th 2008.
         When I heard the news on November 5th I was overjoyed. But like others, I’ve also started wondering when that change might come to Europe. In Britain, we’ve had Black and Asian MPs and even cabinet ministers and many are now wondering when we might see a Black or Asian Prime Minister. But, as ever, few have even begun to consider the Romany people.  
         Together, the Romany people make up Europe’s largest and fastest growing ethnic minority. In many European countries we make up to 10% of the population, just as Black people make up 13% of the US population. ... polls in Europe regularly reveal that most Europeans would not even want a Romany as a neighbour.

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