Al Jazeera English reports:
Some 10 per cent of Slovakia's population are of Roma ethnicity, most of whom are illiterate and live in poverty in the country's far east.Mmmmm .... now where have they tried this kind of racist crap before? Australia, Canada, the US ... ring a bell?
In an attempt to integrate them into Slovak society, the government has suggested a radical proposal: that Roma children be sent to boarding schools.
The plan has already been condemned as illegal by human-rights groups and the European Union. Yet many in Slovakia see it as an essential measure to improve Roma standards of life.
Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee (above) reports from the city of Rankovce.
Should the Slovak government not just say they seek integration as an annihilation policy, one in which the Roma 'problem' will be erased (in the fullest sense)?
It amazes me, actually it doesn't, that the 'solution' essentially blames the victim.
If they can just teach the Roma to be less Roma then the problem would disappear. Right?
They are after all inferior and problematized as such, not only in Slovakia but throughout Europe. (See my "Roma Death and Life in Italy" (July 21, 2008).
Even Al Jazeera could not resist saying the "problem" will not just go away. The "problem" being the conditions that befall them as a result of their inferiority.
Slovakia's government should speak their bigoted truth plainly.