O Porrajmos Education Society
O Porrajmos Education Society was founded in response to growing concerns among Romani educators
across the country that the non-Romani population in the United States receive their only exposure to the
Romani culture through television shows such as
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Gypsy Sisters, and American
Gypsies
, or films like Damn Me to Hell, Thinner, and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. The music
industry has not helped the Romani cause with Shakira’s
Gypsy and Miley Cyrus’ Gypsy Heart Tour.  
Even video games capitalize on the negative image and stereotypes of Romanies, with Gypsy thieves being
a popular character type in
World of Warcraft.

Many Romani in the United States find it upsetting that non-Romanies control what is portrayed as
Romani because few writers perform any type of research and they rarely contact a Romani to gain a better
understanding of the culture. The founders of O Porrajmos Education Society decided that Romani must
reach out to non-Romanies to bridge the culture gap. While we still cherish our closed society, we seek to
bridge the gap between the Romani community and the non-Romani community to promote peace and
mutual understanding.
In the News:
Hungary: Mayor tells Romani
to adapt or leave town
Mayor Dávid Janiczak  of the
Hungarian town of Ózd is
allegedly doing his best to
throw impoverished people,
most of whom are Romani,
out of their homes through
what are being called
"scandalous housing
regulations." For more
information, please click on
the link above.