Beyond The Wand

Yes, “gypsy” is a racial slur.

Here’s a good article on the subject.

Basically, ignorant people labeled another group of people (the Roma) “gypsies” because they thought they looked like Egyptians, and therefore must have been Egyptians.  These same people treated them like crap.  Today, the word “gypsy” is loaded with negative stereotypes - in fact, the word “gip” or “gyp” (which means “to con” or “to cheat”) comes from the word “gypsy.”

And that’s what makes a slur.

Edit: The page I linked to originally is now gone, so please refer to this and this instead.

Notes

  1. nah-bye reblogged this from beyond-the-wand
  2. admiraldefiant reblogged this from pir8crabs
  3. lindontheconqueress reblogged this from pir8crabs
  4. pir8crabs reblogged this from beyond-the-wand
  5. goodmorningstarkshine reblogged this from peggingwithmalik
  6. the-art-dragon reblogged this from beyond-the-wand
  7. thirdpersonnarrator reblogged this from peggingwithmalik and added:
    to all of you who used to follow me when i was a hippie blog and you call yourself “gypsies” can u not
  8. sleepymouses reblogged this from peggingwithmalik
  9. dosesofdiversity reblogged this from thefatgrackle
  10. miraclesandmeatballs reblogged this from peggingwithmalik
  11. jxsephine reblogged this from peggingwithmalik
  12. onehellofabiter reblogged this from peggingwithmalik
  13. thirstyfor1d reblogged this from peggingwithmalik
  14. shedreamsofdragons reblogged this from beyond-the-wand
  15. sealullaby reblogged this from peggingwithmalik
  16. overenthusiasticlegwarmers reblogged this from peggingwithmalik
  17. peggingwithmalik reblogged this from beyond-the-wand
  18. pas-de-chat-saute-de-chat reblogged this from beyond-the-wand and added:
    hopefully this sheds some light on all the ignorant and racist blogs out there. you wouldn’t use the n word to describe...
  19. faeriviera reblogged this from beyond-the-wand
  20. risu-of-anterra reblogged this from asongforredemption