I'm willing to bet that most of you have at some point participated in a heated discussion about the Bulgarian Roma. You were either questioned by people who romanticize the Gypsy lifestyle or were trying to explain how Bulgarians are (not) racist. Well... for all of you, here's a great article by a US-educated Bulgarian writer on the Bulgarian Roma that was published a couple of years ago in The Virginia Quarterly Review.
The piece is a great medley of Bulgarian social history, structural analysis and plain ole story-telling. I think you will enjoy reading and will definitely feel better prepared to continue the conversation when the time comes.