“G*psy is a racist term, not a cool business name, instagram account, or self-descriptor.
Contrary to contemporary pop-culture definitions, g*psy does not mean free-spirited, eco friendly, a world adventurer, or even hippie or bohemian. Similar to the n- word, g*psy is actually a racist slur for a group of people; the Romani (or Roma). To give you some history, the Romani people were a nomadic group, and an oppressed ethnic minority, whose origin and struggle dates back to 10th century India. They were displaced during a series of invasions in the 11th century. (Sway 1975) When the Romani people first migrated to Europe in the 11th century, the Catholic church discriminated against them, their unique culture, religious beliefs and their systems of social organization. Romani people and culture was seen as ‘deviant’ from Catholicism. The name gypsy itself actually originated because the European’s mistook them as Egyptian.
Due to discrimination, Romani people were “forced to specialize in tasks and occupations that were not in competition with another segment of the settled population. Fortune-telling, music, itinerant metal working, patent medicine, and horse dealing became some of the most common occupational niches that the Gypsies [Romani] filled.” (Sway 1975; 49) This separation further marginalized them, becoming a perpetual minority, rather than being accepted with the rest of the population. They were “despised and distrusted by settled populations everywhere they travelled” (Goldston 2010), continuing a cycle of discrimination and marginalization.” @maineethics