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Collective punishment - barriers to pubs, post or portaloos

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By Ben Chastney |  October 10, 2017 |

Stories of Gypsies and Travellers being denied services or unequal treatment are too often seen and heard.  One particular theme which cuts across many of these, from pubs to post and portaloos, is the use of collective punishment.  In such cases because of the isolated actions of one or few, many others are denied fair treatment.  It is a particularly problematic strain of the ‘tarnish with the same brush’ syndrome, which in some form always causes unjustified reputational damage to the community.  In these cases though, specific harm and practical problems arise.

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The dinner party test – Explicit racism towards Gypsies and Travellers still happens. Why?

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By Ben Chastney |  August 5, 2016 |

Society has, for the most part, made great progress with discriminatory attitudes.  Each generation generally see more open minded and tolerant viewpoints.  Whilst I am more sceptical than most about progress made to address wider inequalities and discrimination there does appear to be a positive picture with respect to language.   Many words which were historically deemed okay in general society are considered acceptable no longer.  Those making racist jokes or comments are increasingly challenged.  There remains a striking exception though; Gypsies and Travellers.

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