In 2009, the BBC defined using the word Gypsy racist (The Guardian, 24 September 2009).
Flavius Mihaies

Yes, I fear rationalisation as well. I firmly believe anything can be explained away.

But the question cannot be “would you publish this piece with these words switched”. It just doesn’t make sense, would you publish a physics peer reviewed paper where you’d switch m with E all over the formulas?

The question then becomes: why would you do it?

And yes the term gypsy is a racial slur, but in the case of the French by applying it to Romanian nationals it is then more likely the case of xenophobia than racism :)

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