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Moving on: Bristol's “last acceptable” racism?

A series by The Bristol Cable

Racism against Gypsies, Roma and Travellers is still alive and well in Bristol in 2018. In our new series documenting prejudice against Travellers, we’re asking: Can Bristol leave behind its ‘last acceptable racism’?

Photo: Phillipa Klaiber

Gypsies and Travellers don’t get much mention in discussions around racism and discrimination but in Bristol and across the UK they face discrimination because of their race every day.

Most of the Gypsies I’ve talked to try to keep their race a secret, worried that it will lose them their job and get people coming to their site causing trouble. Their fears aren’t unfounded. Everyone I spoke to had stories to share of being refused service, being turned away from pubs, having security guards follow them around shops…

It’s time these stories are heard and that racism against Gypsies and Travellers is taken seriously.

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Moving on: Why we’re running a series on racism against Gypsies and Travellers

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