Personally I do not believe that any European country 'd out of "racism" discriminate the Romas. There namely is another side to the Romas' poor situation too and it lies within their culture, the Haaretz journalists 'd do well by themselves to learn about. Firstly the Roma culture forbids the Romas to work under anybody. In my country they have been offered work, but alas they never show up to work. When some were asked "why", the answer was that 8 o'clock in the morning is too early to start to work , bc they start the day first around 10 o'clock. The second problem is that the Romas do not see any value in learning and going to school and eventually learn a trade they can perform in the "whites' " world. I once had a Roma student, who appeared in my class every 6 months and studied from 2-3 months and then it was "road-life" to him with his family again. They had a decent, normal house alright, and could have stayed put, but staying put is not their culture that demands them to be constantly on the move. I saw an intelligent boy in front of me and I literally begged his family to let the boy stay and study for the future, but my pleas rang to deaf ears. The third problem that causes their miserable living conditions in some countries like in Romania or Bulgaria is that the Roma culture forbids the Roma to live for ex. in app. buildings, bc it is forbidden to the Roma to live above or below somebody. They can only live in one family houses and penniless they end up living in shacks. SO: as you see, people also themselves create restrictions around themselves, which keep them in misery and underdevelopped. In my opinion, if we wish to provide the Roma with a decent life worth human dignity, we have to ask the Roma to start from themselves: how could they change their culture in order for them to fit in the modern society and contribute to it? What compromises are they wiilling to make on their culture ? As I see it, they do not have the will it takes and THAT is THE problem.
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