ROMANI AMERICANS – Romani Americans still struggle with discrimination (Margareta Matache, Mary T Bassett, Al Jazeera)

In 1939, amid the Great Depression, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt met with Roma leader Steve Kaslov in New York City to discuss how the crisis had affected Romani Americans. In her diary, she wrote: “They are a sad people and a minority group I feel we should try to help.” That was a historic and very rare expression of White House concern for the struggles of Romani Americans.