Thursday, 15 January 2015

UKIP MEP subjected to racial abuse

UKIP MEP for the West Midlands, Jim Carver, has been subjected to racial abuse on Twitter.

Carver, who has Roma heritage, has been called a "pikey" in relation to his Roma background. West Mercia Police are investigating.
As well as questioning my parentage, the word 'pikey', which is deeply offensive to members of Roma, gypsy and traveller communities, was used against me.

The public must comprehend that the everyday use of this word only serves to further stigmatise these forgotten communities. It is as offensive as racist expletives that are used against other minorities.