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Népszabadság - Hungary | Thursday, June 12, 2014

Roma can never please Hungarians

The roughly 800,000 Roma living in Hungary often meet with the contempt and even hatred of the majority of the population. At the same time the country's media often say the "Gypsies" should study, work and integrate if they want to be accepted. The left-liberal daily Népszabadság pose some provocative questions to those who hold the latter point of view: "This statement is somehow hard to believe: Hungarians have no problem with minorities when they study, work and integrate. Then what problem did they have with Jews [during the Nazi occupation], who were more assimilated in Hungary than in any other European country [but hundreds of thousands of whom were deported]? ... Will we like a Roma painter, mechanic, lawyer or computer scientist if he takes a job away from us or our children? To what extent should the Roma assimilate at all? Is it enough for them to bathe every day and not talk too loudly on the bus? Or do they have to go as far as whitening their skin?"

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