What are your thoughts on this? romania-insider(.)com/teenagers-vandalize-ten-tombstones-bucharest-jewish-cemetery/
You know, I wasn’t going to answer this because I literally had the worst week of my life (I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes of an yet unidentified origin because it’s not type 1 or classic type 2, endometriosis, and a rare form of cholecystitis which forces me to go through surgery after I finish my second year of uni, and to top the worst week of my life, the dog I adopted just a week ago stopped breathing for a minute after she hit her head and had to be resuscitated), so last night when you sent this to me, the only thing I wanted was to enjoy Eurovision memes and the last thing I wanted, even topping, I don’t know, blood in my stool, an earthquake, was to argue with you on your previous message:
But now I see you sent this exact message to Simona because you are desperate for an answer, so I wanted to say this:
I haven’t even read the link and I can tell you I consider what they did a despicable thing. But you probably knew that, right? Because what you, superior Western European being, want from me is not my honest opinion on this subject, you want me to apply the actions of few individuals to a people of 19 million +. What you really want from me is a reaction that would validate your opinion from your first message. And let’s be very honest, you don’t want me to offer you proof to change your mind, you’ve already made it up a long time ago and nothing I will say will change it. This is the reason I just reblogged this post I translated a few months ago - http://lareinecersei.tumblr.com/post/160627168756/lareinecersei-a-dutch-lady-is-warmly-recounting instead of answering, it was a very polite way of telling you to kindly fuck off and leave me be.
But just for the sake of conversation, answering your message would have put me into one of the following positions:
1. I agree with you that Romanians are horrible (which a lot of them are, I never said that they aren’t), validating your opinion, while desperately trying to prove to you that I myself am not like them and I’m one of the good guys, but honestly, I don’t owe you shit.
2. I don’t agree with you and you’ve validated your opinion by seeing that I, just like the rest of the Romanians, and the rest of the people living in the East of Europe, am as horrible as you thought I were.
But you know what? I don’t owe you shit. No matter what I say, you’ll still be a xenophobic asshole who will spread prejudice in the name of fighting it. And I don’t owe Romania shit either, the government isn’t paying me to repair their image online.
EDIT: I forgot to add this quote:
[…]When you say you are Romanian, you are carrying a whole country on your back, and yet most of us are not related to or have any sort of connections to the ones who steal on Champs-Élysées. I have never seen a Westerner feel personally responsible or ashamed because of a criminal they happened to share a nationality with. But how many of us feel profoundly embarrassed when a Romanian is speaking loudly in a plane filled with perplexed foreigners?
[…] Romania is not a village where a few hundred people, all of them alike, live. Romania is a country with almost 20 million inhabitants. And yet, from the position of the one who explains themselves and who feels ashamed, we risk transforming our interactions with foreigners into a sisyphic exam that some are struggling to pass, even though it is inevitable that one who is not prepared will appear, and determine all the others to fail.