For those who now consider Italian-Americans “white”–understand it wasn’t always so.


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“BE SOFT.

DONT LET THE WORLD MAKE YOU HARD.

DONT LET THE PAIN MAKE YOU HATE.

DONT LET THE BITTERNESS STEAL YOUR SWEETNESS.

TAKE PRIDE THAT EVEN THOUGH THE REST OF THE WORLD MAY DISAGREE.

YOU STILL BELIEVE IT TO BE A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.”

Vladimiro Di Vito

For those who now consider Italian-Americans “white”–understand it wasn’t always so. The largest mass lynching in U.S. history took place in New Orleans in 1891 and it wasn’t African-Americans who were lynched, as many of us might assume. It was Italian-Americans…

After nine Italians were tried and found not guilty of murdering New Orleans Police Chief David Hennessy, a mob dragged them from the jail, along with two other Italians being held on unrelated charges, and lynched them all.

The lynchings were followed by mass arrests of Italian immigrants throughout New Orleans and waves of attacks against Italians nationwide.

What was the reaction of our country’s leaders to these lynchings? Teddy Roosevelt, not yet president, famously said it was “a rather good thing.”

The response in The New York Times on March 16, 1891, referred to the victims of the lynchings as “… sneaking and cowardly Sicilians, the descendants of bandits and assassins.”

An editorial the next day argued that: “Lynch law was the only course open to the people of New Orleans.

John Parker, who helped organize the lynch mob, later went on to be governor of Louisiana. In 1911, he said of Italians that they were “just a little worse than the Negro, being if anything filthier in [their] habits, lawless, and treacherous.”

Vladimiro Di Vito comment:

My final point is that it is not just specific color, shape or size of the problem. Sadly it is something in the human genes that make snap those reactions that are lead to a disaster.

It was a reality in the past, now in the present, and will be in the future. Sadly we can only try to be the better people and try to accept those events and for sure try not to answer back with hate.

I lost half my family in the ovens in the Nazist Era. And during that time my father, at 8 yrs old, was naked, abused, tortured and forced to cycle, bleeding all over, for 10 km in Italy. But we loved Germans. They did a lot for us, giving the possibility to immigrate there and make big bucks. And they loved to fill our beaches every summer. in general, they were great people.

I want to try and make every race understand that we use the word RACISM too easily and as a convenience. It is often not about racism but often as a result, it’s used to hamper the progress of many minorities on a large scale. Preventing them from advancing by control and manipulation at conveniently specific moments. Trust me, with my experience as a cosmopolitan individual, I can reassure that it’s not only a black issue. Everyone eventually gets their turn.

As I said before, I firmly believe that it’s a genetic trigger involving the whole human race. Probably embedded in our personality. For sure the Dark One and would take another whole conversation simply to explain the dynamics.

In conclusion, and accepting all insults, as usual, I must state that this kind of episode most of the time, its one group of people against another. The government is rarely involved in such situations.

Their interest would be in minimizing unrest within their borders. Nothing to do with the political parties of the moment. Unless a hypothetical extreme military action shuts down all government systems. Hopefully, never in the USA.

Be kind to yourself and others.

Namasteamen

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