A ROMANI gypsy denounced racist stereotypes after saying “we are not all” the same.
Charmaine Abdul-Karim, from Nantwich in Cheshire, says her community faces a daily struggle to tackle prejudice.
The mother-of-two has previously claimed she had to withdraw her children from three different schools due to racist abuse.
Charmaine said Roma are often victims of bad behavior by a minority.
She said Live cheshire“We’re not that stereotype.
“You may have had a bad experience with a gypsy or a traveler, but that doesn’t mean we’re all like that.”
Charmaine is intent on shattering misconceptions about her community.
She wants to encourage gypsies to be proud of their heritage – dating back to the 12th century for some families – while engaging with the wider population of Cheshire.
The traveling mum-of-two said: “We don’t ask permission to be part of the community – we are part of the community.
“We want to change things – change the law, the narrative of history and we can do that because now we have a group of gypsies, powerful gypsies, who really want to change things for the next generation.
“It is very important to launch the ball, especially with some of the laws that have been adopted recently.”
By working together, she hopes to create something that will change the lives of her children.
Charmaine said her family was “very distressed” by the “abhorrent” way she was treated.
“My children had to leave three schools following racist bullying,” explained the mother.
“A director even did a social services assessment without my knowledge, which was very distressing.
“Another situation involved calling an ambulance.
“The school staff were more interested in telling paramedics that my family were ‘travellers’ than in helping.”