The Roma vs. the World

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The Roma Versus The World: The Story of the Most Resilient People in the World
When you travel to Europe, say Paris for instance, and decide to visit someplace like the Eiffel
Tower, chances are you’ll be warned of a group of strange people who may “accidently” bump into you while sneakily taking your wallet, or who may be sitting on the curb with a suspiciously peaceful sleeping dog begging for money.
(maybe use a black and white video [like in a silent movie] to depict this) These people may be darker than your average European, and may be dressed in “exotic” clothes. They may be fortune tellers, dancers, musicians, nomads. They are friendly to all they meet. They have a long history and a rich culture. They are the Roma, or gypsies.
(show videos or pictures of stereotypical Roma) These people have undoubtedly been subjected to the longest running case of systematic oppression in Europe. From their origins on the Silk Road, to the Holocaust, up until today, the
Roma have been treated as an other, as an undesirable race of thieves and vagrants, despite being a peaceful people.
(not sure if this will depict images of modern Roma or historical...nothing shocking, I think, but this might change)
Why is this? In order to understand, we must take a step back in time to northern India, circa
1000 CE.
(map feature to India)

India had become a religious battleground, as Islamic Arabs from the West clashed with the local
Hindus. These warriors were a nearly unstoppable force, effectively crushing Hindu resistance and claiming land that is now Pakistan and Punjab, northern India for Allah. They destroyed
Hindu tradition and forced assimilation into Islam.
(show old paintings/sculptures of this) Those who resisted were forced west, wandering from country to country, from culture to culture. They…...

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