Report on GRTHM 2009
Britain's 300,000 Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are buried under a mountain of misunderstanding and myth produced by the media, the arts and public prejudice over hundreds of years. Racism against the community is widely recognised as an enduring form of acceptable racism by bodies such as the Council of Europe and the Equality and Human and Rights Commission. Shifting that prejudice is a herculean task that requires ingenuity, positivity and resourcefulness.
This report on the activities which led up to the second Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month in June 2009, demonstrates just how far people can go to work in a common cause across professional and racial boundaries. It shows how by funding a rallying point for widespread public education about Gypsy Roma and Traveller communities, the Department for Children, Schools and Families has enabled a community to begin to tackle
the ignorance that blights it's life.
Just two years into the first national effort to confront prejudice against Gypsy, Roma and Travellers, this report documents how thousands of people have risen to such a herculean task, even if they have not yet completed it. It captures social change in action.
Jake Bowers, Romany journalist and broadcaster