I found out that I won't get to speak at the TEDx event. I think that I am not good enough or something. I really wanted to give a talk about Roma and the Porajmos and education for our children. I gave them an outline and they said to me:

"There aren't Roma in the United States and if there are somewhere, they aren't in our area"... I said, but wait, I'm Roma! They said, no, you're not Roma...

So, I am very upset. I feel like I've let myself and everyone down. I don't have PhD or education qualification to say I am capable and I know what I am talking about. I don't know how to prove my Romanija? What do I have to do? Always wear diklo or something?

It's been one of those weeks. I made a mistake at university and got yelled at by my ... thesis committee adviser. I didn't understand and emailed the wrong person asking for some information. It was the wrong thing and I got in big trouble. I really don't understand academics. I don't understand anything.

Anyway. Sorry I can't get to speak about Roma and about Khetanes. I tried my hardest to arrange it, but if they don't even think Roma are here....

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Comment by Viola Hinz-Hassan Pour Razavi on March 19, 2012 at 11:10

I have heared the same from another person also from the United States, but unfortunately cannot remember who it was. She also was told that there are no ROma in the US, exactly the same as you wrote. Very strange, I thought it is common knowledge!!! 

It was not really your week, I hope this week will be better for you!!!!

Comment by Qristina Zavačková Cummings on March 20, 2012 at 1:19

najis tumen, amale~ adžes... maj lačhe, numa dukhal ma ilo. bilo kaj, Roma bešen kote!

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