About 100 years ago, a famous British man wrote a poem about poor and uneducated little brown people (of the Phillipine Islands) and how it was the white man’s “burden” to help them.
I was reminded of that sentiment once again this morning after reading an open letter from billionaire George Soros in the Guardian exhorting once again a policy of forcing education on Gypsy children, this time in order that they may become “productive” workers:
Across Europe, millions are suffering from unemployment and the prospect of a long period of economic stagnation. But no group has been harder hit than the Roma.
There are more than 10 million Roma living in Europe, mostly concentrated in the Balkans and in the European Union’s newest member states, especially Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Hungary. What is truly shocking is that their living conditions have actually deteriorated since many of them became EU citizens. At the same time, the majority population’s attitude has become more hostile almost everywhere in Europe.
The two trends are mutually reinforcing: marginalisation breeds contempt, and vice versa. The only escape from this trap is investment in education, which would pay enormous social dividends.
The good news is that we know how to prepare Roma children to be productive members of society.
Really? Let’s analyze what he’s saying here, which is what is truly shocking:
- Gypsies had a better life under Communism than they do under democracy
- Soros knows how to make Gypsies be “productive” workers!
I had no idea that penal labor camps and forced sterilization of women under Communist dictatorships was such a jolly good time for Gypsies! Mercy me.
As for Soros’s claim that he and his Roma Education Fund (REF) “know how to prepare” Gypsies to become hard workers, here are his own words from the Guardian article:
My foundations have been active in educating Roma for more than 25 years. Over that period, we have educated a small cohort of young Roma who retain their identity and yet can break the hostile stereotypes held by those with whom they interact.
“Small cohort” therefore can be translated as “a tiny pittance”, a few hundred people a year (extrapolating from the REF’s website) who get university scholarships from the REF. Meanwhile there are 10 million Gypsies (Soros’s number) in Europe so that’s what we call a drop in the bucket.
Not that this lack of “success” is stopping the REF from proudly announcing their objectives:
Ensuring access to compulsory education, for example, through the involvement of parents in education, initiatives to reduce dropouts, and provision of free textbooks and other educational materials.
In a nutshell, Soros (and the REF) believe that using force to compel Gypsy children to attend (and not drop out of) school is the right way to “assimilate” Gypsies into the labor force.
I’ve written about this dozens of times, including here, and Soros is right, in that sense. If you want to obliterate Gypsy culture then yes, the only solution is using the police (or other government agents) to force Gypsy children to go to school (and not drop out). Of course first you have to believe that the REF and the government know what’s better for Gypsy children than their parents do!
Back to his Guardian article:
To break the negative stereotypes, Roma children must be educated to celebrate and take pride in their Roma heritage. That is what the REF has done. As it is, educated Roma do not fit the stereotypes, so they can easily blend into the majority population.
Unlike George Soros, I both personally know and interact with Gypsies on a daily basis. I know homeless gypsies, alcoholic gypsies, toothless gypsies, some gypsies who comb through trash to make a little bit of money, illiterate gypsies, drug addicted gypsies, gypsy mothers who had their children taken away from them, gypsies who are mentally handicapped and gypsies who haven’t had a bath in over a year. And not one, not one of them needs any help in “celebrating and taking pride” in their heritage.
Every gypsy I know is already damn proud of who they are and their customs and language and music and everything else. That’s because all the gypsies I know are gypsies, who don’t “easily blend in” with other populations. They know exactly who they are and don’t give a fiddily fuck whether you (a non-Gypsy) like them or not.
The only Gypsies who need help in celebrating and taking pride in their culture are the ones who don’t have it anymore, the much-heralded “assimilated” ones who went to university and are now sitting in an office under fluorescent lights and wondering why their soul feels dead inside.
Meanwhile Soros, just like every other blabbermouth “do gooder” on the subject of Gypsies, completely ignores what I’ve pointed out before, which is that nowhere do you see any Gypsy leaders calling for 1) compulsory education for their children or 2) help in becoming assimilated.
Who is the racist one here? Me who lets Gypsies be Gypsies or Soros et al who want to dictate what is best for Gypsies? Let me tell you, Gypsies have no interest in being assimilated or forced to attend school or any of the rest. Even one of their own, Nicolae Gheorghe (about whom my arch enemies The Economist bragged he could “easily blend in” with European leaders) was attacked by his own frigging people when he tried to ram this assimilation crap down their throats.
And let’s not forget that Gypsies have guaranteed representation in Parliament in Romania and their leader Nicolae Paun is allied with the PSD (the most powerful party at the moment in this country) and yet not even Paun is calling for this compulsory assimilation shit.
It’s certainly understandable why a regular person, particularly one living in Britain (where The Guardian is based), might heartily wish that Gypsies would indeed assimilate and send their kids to school and not throw garbage everywhere and talk at a normal volume. But George Soros? He’s not an ordinary person and he doesn’t have to deal with Gypsies in his regular life. So why all the interest in destroying Gypsy culture just to boost up the workforce?
One commenter on the article has a damn good guess:
Cannot quite decide though, if he is a champagne socialist or perhaps a nouveau Fabian.
Whatever, until we have a wholesale reform of the banking sector and the money markets only the very rich can afford to think like this.
Whether the comment was ironic or not, let’s not forget that Soros made a 1 billion pound profit by wrecking the British economy in 1992. It was all perfectly legal, of course, but that little shenanigan ended up costing the British working class (of which 99.99% of them are not Gypsies) about 3.4 billion pounds which could’ve paid for a lot of compulsory schooling and other fine things. Soros likewise profited hugely and caused great damage from similar moves in Malaysia and Thailand.
As for Soros being a Fabian (he certainly knows what it is as he studied it in 1949 in London) and what a “Fabian” even is, I’d have to write a lengthy article (but you can get a taste of it via Wikipedia) although he never calls himself by that title. But the Fabians certainly have a rather evil view of society in which a few “pure” and enlightened leaders run a government that will use state institutions (including most definitely compulsory education) to train the “perfect” citizen.
The Fabians were also big fans of the Half-Caste Act of Australia, a series of laws from about 100 years ago in which the white Europeans compelled the native people (aborigines) to assimilate into white (European) society by taking their children away from their parents and forcing them to go to school.
Jeez, that sounds familiar! Although of course nowadays we dress it up in less colonial-sounding language, making it seem like we’re all just so gosh darn concerned about Gypsies not getting enough chances to make money and pay taxes.
You know what? Somehow the Gypsies managed to survive Hitler’s death camps, Stalin’s gulags and 50 years of Communist repression. Seems to me all they want is to just be left alone to do their own thing. Is that really so hard to accept?