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Italian Americans & "Whiteness"

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Italian Americans & "Whiteness"

Journalist to construction boss, 1890s: "Is an Italian a white man?" 

Construction boss:"No sir, an Italian is a Dago."

(taken from Louise DeSalvo's, "Color: White/Complexion: Dark")

In 2002, NYC DJ Chuck Nice, a black man, said: "Italians are niggaz with short memories" (Guglielmo & Salerno 1). The Italian American claim of "whiteness" has been a contentious issue in the United States, going far back before DJ Nice's comment. It began back in Europe with sayings like, "Europe ends at Naples. Calabria, Sicily, and all the rest belong to Africa."

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mi manchi, Italia...

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mi manchi, Italia...

Somedays I miss Italy so much that it makes my heart ache. I miss hearing Italian all the time. I miss drinking the perfect cappuccinos. I miss how Rome smells like jasmine this time of year. I miss how even the rain smells wonderful. I miss seeing Castel Sant'Angelo on my walk home from school everyday. I miss the grape trees in Calabria. I miss the sea in Sicily. I miss eating blood oranges. I miss real pizza. I miss the people.

I miss my home.

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