In another blog I looked at the media framing of gypsies as child kidnappers with two false stories in the media.
As nothing in politics, nor the media, happen by accident I am now going to consider where this framing of perceptions might be leading.
Gypsies already have a bad image. They hardly need exaggerated stories in the media to stigmatise them further, especially when the stories were non-stories. So what would be the point?
Perhaps the gypsies are not the target. Perhaps the target is another group who are to be maligned with the horrible collective stigma of child kidnapping, with the closely associated implication of paedophilia.
Consider a recent addition to our language. The word “chav”. Until I read the book “Chavs. The Demonisation of the Working Class” by Owen Jones, like most naive respectable working and lower class people, I thought the word “chav” was simply the modern word for yob, designating feral anti-social youths, a fact of human life in all cultures and throughout all history. Mr Owen enlightened me. Chav is apparently a designator of everyone who is working class and lower middle class. People who would in no way accept the values of anti-social elements. With the word chav, everyone who is not upper middle class or above is classed as indistinguishable from the dregs of society.
The word “chav” itself is interesting. It is derived from a gypsy word “chavi” meaning boy. Remember when blacks used to be called “boy”? a word deliberately patronising and reducing the status of the person so referred to as sub-adult status, someone who cannot be expected to exercise adult responsibility, someone unintelligent who needs to be controlled.
That the word is a gypsy word is a deliberate conflation of the working class into the category of gypsies.
The word is loaded with stigma, and is a modern equivalent to the word “nigger” but this time applied to working class white people.
Sliding blame from the guilty parties, upper class paedophiles, onto innocent parties takes place in several moves, which occurring with a time delay between them, don’t appear to be connected.
The first move is the deliberate invention of the word “chav” with media reinforcement to make sure that everyone knows who the word designates.
The second move is creating an association between gypsies and child kidnappers.
The third move is belatedly revealing that the word chav is not simply a new word for yob, but covers all working and lower middle class people. And by the way, chav also means gypsy boy.
The final move is to attach the stigma of child kidnap/paedophilia to working class people as a category and as individuals. After all we have all been made to realise that gypsies kidnap children and working class people -chavs – are the same as gypsies.
The drive to expose paedophiles and protect our children has largely come from working class and lower middle class people who feel most vulnerable on their children’s behalf.
It looks as if the upper class paedophiles have decided to counter attack by shifting the association with the crime onto the working class. One might also discern the application of the divide and rule strategy at work by using one group of people, falsely accused, to degrade another group.
The biggest gang in Britain: shining a light on police corruption
By Hayes, Stephen
Book. English. Published Grosvenor House Publishing 2013
A hard hitting, brutally honest account of police work during the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Whilst explicit, it is often humorous, refreshing and equally…
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Book. English. Published London : Robinson 2013
Included among these twisted tales – of psychos, schizoids & serial killers, many with a supernatural twist – is Reggie Oliver’s revival of Edgar Allan…
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DVD. English. Published Metrodome Distribution 2014
Billy Cook makes his feature film debut in this drama about a young man trapped between two worlds: gypsy and non-gypsy. When Owen McBride (Cook) witnesses…
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Grimm: Season two
DVD. English. Published Universal/Playback 2013
All 22 episodes from the second season of the US supernatural drama following Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who discovers…
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Having read Stephen Hayes book “The Biggest Gang in Britain” about police corruption, I checked the library catalogue to see if the library had available his second book “Fifty Shades of Black and Blue”. 9 items were listed, and the above were 5 on the list. One of the others was a reference to the first Grimm series, and the other 3 on the list were completely irrelevant.
Apart from the first book by Hayes, what have the other things on the list got to do with my query? None of the other items on the list have authors with names even remotely resembling Hayes, nor are any of the suggested titles anything to do with police corruption. So what was I presented with? A fiction book about psycho/schizoid killers; a DVD about a young man trapped between a gypsy and non-gypsy life; a fiction book about a female bomber for the IRA; and two DVD series about Grimm – I bet that one has you baffled.
Perhaps you have seen the creepy film “The Game” where the victim experiences media personally addressing him. And when Targets of gang stalking complained of experiencing this , you concluded, reasonably enough, that they must be mental.
When I moved to this house, most of the long-term previous tenants were moved out. To justify this those responsible must have spread the lie I was a heinous criminal – a shop lifter would hardly justify it.
About 6 months ago when I was having lunch in a pub in Knaresborough, people at a nearby table carried on a loud conversation about terrorists (I have an Irish accent). Several weeks later there was a bomb scare in Knaresborough. A hoax.
Shortly after in a nearby supermarket a staff member came over to talk to the cashier, and turned to me and asked had I heard about the Irish gypsies who had kidnapped a child. After that, when I went out, people dressed like gypsies kept turning up in my vicinity, and when I went to the library children would come and sit next to me, even though there were other spaces, and also during school hours and in term time.
The above listing from the library search engine is a perfect example of media manipulated to “send a message” to the Target. Instead of a straight answer to my question, I get the lies they have spread about me, thrown at me. – psychopathic killer, a gypsy pretending not to be a gypsy, an IRA terrorist.
Grimm? I am a SF fan. I had just bought the second Grimm series on DVD and just finished watching it.
PS. Now you know what the “authorities” are actually doing with their resources at taxpayers expense, I am sure you feel a lot safer. Also when the Ballykelly massacre occurred and July 7 happened, you will be pleased to know that the “authorities” were watching me, and not the terrorists.