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Żytnicki, Piotr


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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 17/05/2013

Poles big on discrimination against Roma

Plans for the Polish music band Bracia Figo Fagot to give a performance at the university in Poznan next week have triggered a discussion about racism in Poland. Twenty-five academics called in the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza for the band's show to be cancelled because their lyrics insult the Roma. The appeal has so far gone unheard - and this is just the tip of the iceberg, the paper believes: "Does this mean that in the view of the organisers it's okay for people to have fun with songs that insult minorities? Sociological studies show that Poles still have a problem with accepting Roma, Jews and blacks. The lower their level of education, the greater their distrust vis-à-vis foreigners. ... There have been negative Roma stereotypes in Poznan in the past. But this doesn't make the city any more xenophobic than other Polish cities. It's just that here there are a handful of courageous individuals who are protesting against such attitudes. It's just a pity that this is only happening here - and that it's just a handful."

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