Thursday, 26 January 2012

Cockfighting, Bare Knuckle Brawling - What a Kushtie Place to Live

A brace of enriching news from the GRT - that's Gypsy Romany Traveller - contingent today.

First up is news that Channel 4 documentary 'Gypsy Blood', which aired last week, attracted 289 complaints to Ofcom about its content.

Billed as an intimate portrait of two gypsy families, the makers describe it as "a haunting study of masculinity, violence and the uneasy relationship gypsy and traveller men have with their bare-knuckle traditions, and an insight into people living amongst a wider society but sometimes with values that are a world apart".

Complaints received included objections to children bare knuckle fighting, dogs attacking deer, and scenes of cockfighting.

It's available to watch on 4 on Demand if anyone wants to view. The content may upset or offend some viewers.

Which brings us to Worcestershire, where - with the support of the council - local gypsy and traveller children have penned a book called "A Kushtie Place To Live".

Apparently this is done with the intention of breaking down barriers, dealing with discrimination, and promoting a positive image of the counties "largest ethnic minority".

A copy of the book is to be sent to every primary school in the county.

Worcestershire's Children's Service Gypsy Roma Traveller Education Team seemingly employs 8 people to support the GRT population within the area.

Tasking itself to "Work to promote anti – discriminatory practice in all spheres of education and through liaison with other agencies" and "Promote knowledge and understanding about Travelling communities, regardless of the uptake of places in school by Traveller children", the Gypsy Roma Traveller Education Team sounds very much like a support agency and bureau of the ministry of multicultural propaganda.

We'll hazard a guess that "A Kushtie Place to Live" isn't going to feature details of such edifying and uplifting cultural traditions as bare knuckle boxing among children, savage dogs, cockfighting, or just descending on some poor souls land and taking it over among other things.

Got to keep on promoting that positive image now - the state ran ministry of multicultural propaganda has decreed it is so. Best to just ignore any inconvenient facts that don't fit in with the official rose tinted narrative.

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