The picture displays two Romani women demonstrating the Romanian government’s proposal to change the official name of the Romani people from “Romani”/”Roma”, which means “man” and is a word from the official language of the Romani people, to “Tigan”, which is a racist slur meaning “Slave”. 

The government says the name change is necessary because of the possible confusion among the international community between the words “Romani”/”Roma”,  which refers to the Romani ethnic minority and Romanian, which refers to the people from the European country Romania.

The Roma women display signs that read, in Romani chib and Romanian, “I am a Roma”.

Bucharest, Romania. November, 2010.

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