Roma prejudices: a long storyPosted: November 21, 2010
It is not unfortunately a big discovery that prejudices against Roma are nothing new. To my surprise, I recently found an example of some early Roma associated fear.
In Emma by J. Austen, published in 1816, chapter 39 is the scene of an encounter between «a party of gipsies» and the friend of the eponymous heroin: Harriet. The lady is «excessively frightened» although the gipsies are mostly children begging for money and just «impertinent in look» but not «in word».