An amazing story of how intolerance ingrained within our nation’s roots – even for Italian Americans. I never knew about the New Orleans mass lynching of Italian Americans in 1851. I don’t want to spread negativity but it’s important to understand these actions and beliefs from the past to help us frame the present and make a better future.http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/10/opinion/falco-italian-immigrants/index.html
- When Italian immigrants were ‘the other’ (cnn.com)
- The painful experience of becoming American (craigconsidinetcd.wordpress.com)
- Reading the Voices of Rhode Island’s Italian Americans (pattytmitchell.com)
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Thanks for posting this. I had no idea. Very informative and thought-provoking.
Just about every piece of our melting pot has experienced some form of bigotry, racism, negative stereotype, etc. I knew that was true for Italian Americans, but not to this degree.
These events further prove that we are all the same- we all suffer persecution at one time or another. Knowing that should help us all be more compassionate to others.
NOTE- for those looking for a great book on this subject check out http://www.amazon.com/Vendetta-lynching-Italian-Americans-motivations-repercussions/dp/038512273X/?tag=mell23-20
Can you tell us more about this? I’d want to find
out some additional information.