How Italians Became White: My essay on racism in the 19th Century New York Times.
Each wave of immigrants is described as sub-human. In the 1800s it was my Italian ancestors' turn: "utterly unfit — ragged, filthy, and verminous as they were--to be placed in the public primary schools among the decent children of American mechanics.”
Obviously, we never learned *this* about the grotesque origins of Columbus Day in school.
so much of america’s energy has gone into racism. i wonder what else would’ve been possible if anti-black hatred wasn’t so hardwired into our national framework? anyway, read this from on how Italians became “white."
This essay on the transformation of Italian Americans is exemplary. First as a study in the social allocation of "whiteness," and second as merciless self-examination by a major newspaper.
Interesting read, and a reminder that there's nothing biological about "whiteness"; it's a constructed power relation that signals oppression and exclusion / How Italians Became ‘White’
"The story of how Italian immigrants went from racialized pariah status in the 19th century to white Americans in good standing in the 20th offers a window onto the alchemy through which race is constructed in the United States."
"I am outraged and appalled by the nakedly racist treatment my 19th-century predecessors displayed in writing about African-Americans and Italian immigrants," writes editorial board member
Great to see this. But also a reminder: historians have been putting this message out for 25 years. How Italians Became ‘White’
How Italians Became ‘White’
The abuse of evolution has a long history. "A Times story in 1880 described immigrants, including Italians, as “links in a descending chain of evolution.” How Italians Became ‘White’
I wonder how my kids will react when they learn of the lynchings of Italians in the USA
This article is a good supplement to the Race and Ethnicity chapter in by and (In the chapter they point out how groups of people seen and treated as white have changed over time.)
Columbus Day has little to do with Christopher Columbus and a lot to do with the history of racial segregation and lynching against Italian Americans. Finally, the is making amend
This piece is a powerful look at horrors faced by Italian immigrants, as well as the gruesome event that led to the holiday’s creation. We shouldn’t forget this is the history of Italian Americans, & some scars are fresher than you think.
The story of how Italian immigrants went from racialized status in the 19th century to white Americans in the 20th offers a window onto the alchemy through which race is constructed in the United States, and how racial hierarchies can sometimes change.
Research by Charles Seguin, Penn State sociologist, and Sabrina Nardin, a doctoral student at the University of Arizona, shows that the protests lodged by the Italian government inspired a broad anti-lynching effort.
The story of how Italian immigrants went from racialized pariah status in the 19th century to white Americans in good standing in the 20th offers a window onto the alchemy through which race is constructed in the United States, writes
“This shows yet again how racial categories that people mistakenly view as matters of biology grow out of highly politicized myth making.”
'Italian #immigrants were welcomed into Louisiana after the Civil War when the planter class was in desperate need of cheap labor to replace newly emancipated black people, who were leaving backbreaking jobs in the fields for more gainful employment'
I cant stop looking at this picture from Little Italy, from latest column
This Brent Staples essay on how Italians became "white" is excellent, and extremely relevant to today's politics 1/
“The story of how Italian immigrants went from racialized pariah status in the 19th century to white Americans in good standing in the 20th offers a window onto the alchemy through which race is constructed in the United States...”
Mr should we send them back? The electoral loss of you actually make it there without being disgraced from office will be humiliating and long remembered. But we both know ⁦⁩ You’re gone. Opinion | How Italians Became ‘White
Really good piece about how the creation of a Columbus Day holiday is an essential part of the transformation of Italian-Americans as racially inferior targets of white supremacy to “white Americans in good standing.”
How Italians Became ‘White’
An interesting insight into how meaningless categorisations of people as "black" or "white" can change over time.
How Italians Became ‘White’
It is odd, as points out, that this long piece about discrimination faced by Italian immigrants, never mentions religion.
How Italians became White People. What Making Columbus Day a National Holiday Was Intended to Accomplish.
I can haz oppression points? 😿 (Seriously though: there is palpable anti-southerner prejudice among northern Europeans and their colonial offshoots)
How Italians Became ‘White’
Great article. As a proud Italian American, it upsets me to see Columbus Day replaced in some states, but I blame Ital-Am. community for clinging to Columbus myth that created it, nvr (re)naming to capture what it is: Italian Am. Heritage/Contributions Day
I am a child of Italian immigrants and I never knew the true origin of Columbus Day. This country has come a long way yet the journey is not over for ensuring liberty and justice for all.
How Italians Became ‘White’ Vicious bigotry, reluctant acceptance: an American story
Credit where due to (fourth from left, I think) in NYT piece on Italian-Americans.
Interesting article.