I don’t know how I feel about articles like these. They certainly paint a picture of life for Roma in many European countries. It’s a reality, however, that is also becoming a stereotype. Everyday I feel incredibly grateful for the things that I have. Some things didn’t come easily, other things had to be sacrificed so that I could get to where I am. But, right now I have heat and food and a roof over my head (even if it’s not ‘my’ roof)…. I also have a job and an education and access to healthcare (albeit limited). I am blessed and I know it. Some people say that because I am privileged in these ways I can no longer help my brothers and sisters; as though being poor and uneducated would give me the ability to do so.
Are such reports necessary? Probably
But, when does poverty porn journalism become pragmatic application?