Gypsy Shoplifting Ring: Stereotypes Aren`t Myths
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March 25, 2013, 07:40 PM
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The Deceptology blog focuses on magic tricks, optical illusions, con games, and various interesting methods of committing crime that appear in the news. Here they`ve been the victim of a little self-deception:

Gypsy shoplifters not helping to dispel stereotypes

Gypsy shoplifters not helping to dispel stereotypes

This team of four retail thieves stole millions.

They`ve described themselves as a "Gypsy family" from Poland, and it seems they were not in the U.S. to help dispel myths about Gypsies. Instead, they were perpetuating them.[More]

What do they mean "myths about Gypsies"? Stereotypes aren`t myths, they`re generally true. This is especially true of stereotypes about gypsies.


A while back, I wrote that Joe Sobran, discussing prejudice, wrote that

"But most prejudices aren’t created by official doctrines; they result from popular experience and the slow spreading of a group’s reputation. The first gypsy I ever met — on a street in Rome — grabbed a wad of money out of my hand. I’d been too naive to be wary of her, though my companions had warned me against her."