Spread the Word, Help the Roma

Racism can be delightfully self defeating.

Devious Diva, a British blogger living in Greece, has been writing about the plight of the Roma.

She was outed by a “nationalist blogger”, who has surprised everyone by removing the personal info upon request:

The nationalist blogger who posted my full name and details of what I do in real life, has removed the post following my request. I was surprised that he did. The person who sent the information to him was (of course) Anonymous although I have a very good idea who it was. My “friend” Doogie Howzer said that information has been circulating for a long time.

That these people are cowards is obvious. What is less obvious is the effect their hatred has had. Lindsay really sums it up beautifully:

So, thanks, racists, for calling attention to the plight of the Roma in Athens–something you were so scared the world would find out about that you tried to silence the young mother who blew the whistle.

In the end, both by supporting Devious Diva and bringing more attention to her cause, we can help make the nationalist’s mistake a costly one politically.

As Nezua notes, we may see this stunt pulled “over and over again”. However (emphasis mine):

I, for one, think that it is very important for us all to stand with these people, especially since this type of threat and intimidation invariably comes when a person (usually a woman) dares to expose truth or speak truth that threatens a cadre of lies or socially-entrenched blindness or abuse. Also because bullies are cowards on many levels, social included. If our solidarity and numbers is what is needed to put the fear in them, I’m down.

Those cowards who would consciously and maliciously expose a blogger’s identity do not do so to glorify or celebrate or better know that blogger. They do so to shut them up. They sense the cutting edge of awareness, perhaps they feel the structures that support their own habituated comfort are in danger. And so they lash back, but not with truth. With violence, with implied violence, with the only tool left those with nothing to say. And when they do this, they threaten not one of us, but our collective drive to be truthful and help this evolving conversation reach the fruition that it must.

This is why together we must fight any who resort to these strongarm tactics of repression or those who directly threaten our wellbeing and ability to continue speaking out.

It is an act of essential weakness to engage in violence, to repress. It is also an act of strength to stand together and fight back. Sheezlebub:

We can’t let this slide. Any attempt to silence one of us is an attempt to silence us all.

And a great way to start is by spreading the word on the Roma in Greece (Via Chris Clarke):

As oppressed as any people in Europe, the Roma live in shantytowns in the center of Athens, their communities ignored until the real estate becomes valuable for some important project

So read up on what is happening to the Roma. Then add your voice to the din ironically started by the very people who would silence it.

UPDATE: The last line of Nezua’s post changed, and I updated to reflect that (and properly quote him).  (It says the same thing, it just reads much better).


2 Responses

  1. that is great, isn’t it? how now her very attempt to spread this truth has only been helped by those who would stop her? i love it when kind of cosmic junk happens!

    i edited last graf of my post. if you wouldn’t mind, can you mirror the change? i won’t ask you again. gracias.

  2. It is amazing. I think there is a science to it, a kind of wu wei of rhetorical action. It makes a direct kind of sense, that the nature of one’s actions paint both the actor and the actions.

    ps Sure thing. Always helps to be more accurate in one’s quoting. (Plus I like the new language).

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