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P. J. Collins
Posted August 15, 2019 at 5:41 am | Permalink
“Italian-American” is literally an American invention. It was Countess Leary, the one who raised the money for the Columbus statue, who seems to have come up with it. An Italophile but not at all Italian. Back in the 1890s the Piedmontese lived here and the Neapolitans over there and the Sicilians, etc. on the other side of town, and they didn’t talk to each other or imagine they had anything in common, any more than random Europeans would. So Annie Leary pushed the idea of Christopher Columbus (whom no one ever thought of as Italian) as this uniting figure for a notional multi-ethnic heritage.
More likely than stories about “Countess Leary,” a more realistic rationale for an increasingly coherent “Italian-American” identity in America was the Speaker Syndrome types – who equally despised all Italians alike, while at the same time pitifully groveling to the Negro and Jew, a lickspittle performance which, judging from Gere et al., may be genetically programmed. In response, the different Italian types drew together. After all, similarly, after decades of Irish vs. Italian hostility in America, is was the Anglo-Puritan types, by unleashing racial integration, who drew these White ethnics together. Instead of fighting each other, when faced with the Black (and Brown) Plague unleashed by their “betters,” the micks and wops stopped fighting against each other and started fighting together against others. John Lindsay is probably directly responsible for the births of many NYC-area Irish-Italian hybrids extant today.
The Lind hypothesis and all that – the Yankee-Jew-Negro alliance vs. White ethnics and White Southerners.
Maybe, I don’t know, we can have actual ethnic Italians speaking about how they identity themselves, rather than the usual sweaty fetishists whose obsessions about Italians serves as a better stimulant for them than does Viagra?
…Christopher Columbus (whom no one ever thought of as Italian)…
After all, as we all know, he was a Swedish Nordic. The reason he sailed to the New World is that he thought an “extreme vetted” Alt Right meeting was being held there and that he would have automatic admission.
Back in the 1890s…
It is 2019 if you hadn’t noticed.
How well did Prussians and Bavarians get along in the 1890s?
Or in 2006?
Or in 2016-2017?
In any case, Sallis’ Law is proven correct once again. It is impossible – absolutely impossible – for any “movement” post regarding Italy and Italians to be online without the fetishists coming out of the woodwork. Maybe these folks should worry about their own co-ethnics. They can start with Richard Gere.
Of course, the moron “Jeelvy” helped instigate this with his superfluous comments pleading for “Italian Whiteness” in an essay about a television series. That was like waving a red flag in front of a bull. How could any self-respecting obsessive fetishist ignore that?
Signs of hope? An overall good video, but what caught my ear was the subtle equation of Israelis/Jews with “all non-Whites” and the distinction made between how Jews are perceived and treated and how Europeans are. It’s almost as it – gasp! – everyone worldwide perceives a difference between those groups and acts upon it.
Yes, I can see why the Alt Right frat boys like the mature and thoughtful Andrew Yang.