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Antigypsyism: A Gospel Challenge


Recently, I noticed an unfamiliar word; “antigypsyism”. I passed over it without giving it much thought. The term “antigypsyism” reminds me of some other words that have become part of my
everyday experience that I may be taking for granted; “sexism” and “anti-Semitism”. Understanding these words may help to get to grips with this new word and to appreciate its significance in pastoral and socio-political developments such as the Revised National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy (2017-2020). Some words have made a difference to our public discourse. In this section, two words will be reviewed, “anti-Semitism” and “sexism”, to remind us of how they came into our everyday vocabulary and to consider the difference they have made.