I put a link to this on a facebook community page and it sparked off an interesting debate. Eventually it got into a very heated discussion about the use of the word ‘pikey’ to describe members of travelling communities. People were stating their views very strongly and some others were getting offended and hurt by it so I decided to delete the post and all the responses.
I did have email alerts set up with each reply sent to me, so I thought I’d put a few up here, names of contributors removed please let me know what you agree or disagree with in the comments below. (I will give each person a colour instead of a name so that you can see some of the back and forth).
I’ve decided to write this because of something that has just popped up on Facebook. It’s very much going to be a stream of consciousness so let’s hope it works out.
I was scrolling through the news feed and spotted something written by one of my friends in Australia. (She’s from Britain but moved to Australia a number of years ago). I thought I’d mis-read it to start with and then re-read it, but no. It was actually a comment that said ‘dirty abos and their dirty children, I’m not racist but I bet if I spat on them they’d be cleaner… urgh disgusting specimins!!!’ Three people had ‘liked’ it.
I’m just going to let you sit with that, as I did for a little while.