Gypsies : not a new "problem"...
although a recurring and sometimes a too-convenient one...
every 25 years, about... every generation...
* Update: And not just in France: hysterias know no limits --
CBSNews October 23, 2013 --
"Ireland returns 2 blond children to Gypsy parents after DNA tests"
DUBLIN -- "Ireland's justice minister says two children temporarily taken by police from their Gypsy parents have been returned to their families after DNA tests determined that the children were rightfully theirs... police suspected that the children might be victims of abductions because they were blond-haired and blue-eyed..."
...for an appreciation of the sheer magnitude of the problem, in its great depth & immense breadth & myriad complexities... The topic "Gypsies in France" poses questions not solved, or even addressed, by putting - a - few - folks - on - a -plane... The greatest harm done is to the people who do this, more even than to the people to whom it is done.
Every lone entry in these long lists, then, is intended to suggest a larger literature, most of all because such literatures change greatly over time: a 16th century "public nuisance" issue becomes an 18th century "representative government" question, or a 19th century "romance literature" or "nationalism" problem -- and all are relevant to any simplistic 21st century "public policy" solution.
The greatest hope is that someone reading the titles here will realize that her or his own knowledge, of one or several facets of "the gypsy problem", might be greatly improved by digging a little deeper, and more widely.
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