[TRIGGER WARNING: RACISM, ASSAULT, POLICE BRUTALITY, MURDER, HATE CRIME]
Today is International Romani Day, which serves to celebrate Romani (Rromani, Rroma) culture and raise awareness about the rampant human rights abuses against them.
Most people in the US are very much unaware of what Romani peoples deal with because they are hardly found in the US. A lot of USians won't even recognize the word "Romani."
Romani is the correct term for those who are still often referred to as "gypsies." A lot of white people in the US will try to refer to themselves as such as some kind of hippie bullshit about what free spirits they are, unaware of the fact that the word is a racial slur. Do not use that word. Also do not use the word "gypped." That word is derived from the word "gypsy" because of the stereotype that Romani persons are cheaters and swindlers.
The Romani are still subjected to widespread racist discrimination in Europe, including workplace and housing discrimination, police abuse, denial of health care, forced evictions, educational discrimination, and everything else you can think of. Romani individuals are spit on and assaulted in the streets at random. They suffer high rates of poverty and tend to live in "isolated slums."
It's fucking horrifying, and no one really seems to care.
If you care, start by reading this Amnesty International report on the history of and ongoing abuse of these people. And for the love of god, don't call yourself a fucking gypsy and stop appropriating their culture, fellow white women.