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Re: Slota: State should pay Roma to be sterilised, By Lukáš Fila, March 3 - 10, Vol 9, No 8

Because I am a citizen of the world, I am infuriated by the racist comments of some respondents on this topic. Because I married a Slovak, and consider the SR my adopted home, I am embarrassed by them. Because I am Canadian, where a lot of us know how to thrive in a multicultural society, I am derisive.

I have personal experience with Roma who are law abiding, hard working, caring, clean, honourable, and intelligent, and better than some non-Roma I have known. If you can't find them, then you don't know how to look.

The comments that the Roma are worthless, lazy animals, a cancer on society, are unspeakably racist. The suggestions that they be sterilised or dispersed sound like ethnic cleansing to me, putting those who suggest such things into the same company as Hitler, Milosevic, Hussein, and the leaders of several third-world countries. The free and civilised world has more to fear from those who make such statements than from the Roma themselves.

Some respondents should get an education, such that they won't make sweeping generalisations or simplistic suggestions for a demonstrably extremely complex situation.

Thankfully the Slovak nation and its government values freedom of speech, whereby the ignorant can identify themselves such that they can then be ignored.

Ron Watson

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