By F. Guzzardi
Are the things that change, they have the sense of memory, they feed on illusions and the things he stay, are the genetic ego appendices, that brings us to always to err. This is an extract of a memories of Italian emigrants in America but it could be another people, one at random, Syrian, Palestinian or otherwise. It is a piece of an old story, too old, already forgotten and renewed in other sauces, more modern, adapted to the cycle of life.
by a Hendrick Villen Von Loon published in Philadelphia
in 1922, we read: “The Greeks had their rivals. We call
Romans these rivals. Now you see them every day. They will not win
over the world as their ancestors, but they are dirty and work on the railways or sell bananas and hazelnuts. “
An official of the city of Cleveland, invited to speak
a church said: “The violators of the law of prohibition (of
alcoholic beverages) are for the most part Italian. I would put
these people on boats and drown them in the open sea. “
And similar examples can be cited to hundreds!
To all this is added the deep ethnic reason of envy,
and many times of hate, which surround the Italian
American, and that goes back to the cosmopolitan character of the same population
of the country.
its own breed. Only now van doing cyclopic efforts to form
a typical nationalities, all its own. Peoples of all races and
nation have come here, and they keep coming. So far the country has
status field of huge competitions races. By the various unions
is the present generation of this country where the population,
Americanized by the Government‘s efforts, it has so far
tried to devise laws and dictate orders such as to maintain
the national team and at the same time, not to hurt
interests, susceptibility and sentimentality of the peoples
from various races.
one who wins and dominating. The imposition until now was dictated
mostly by the Anglo-Saxons; For some time the Irish
a looked down upon daily (like today are the Italians) have
advanced followed immediately by the Germans; even the Polish overlook
horizon of public life; on of all, then, extend
the tentacles of the Jewish race that, in this country, has finally
found the Eldorado of her miseries.
overt and covert hostility of other nations who fear our
genius and who see in us a strong race are the influences
always ready to exaggerate our faults, to expose ourselves in the most
light left, in that while, with deliberate malice, it ignores or
misrepresents what we back to the glory and honor.
or high Italian event, which will work, however, and
anywhere, against us.
The life of Italian in America, therefore, in the last fifty
years or so, it was all very sad odyssey.
This our poor emigration not recorded in the book of
his story of pain pages. The most violent explosions
xenophobia of the indigenous population (which usually moves
to delirium for the suffering of a dog, a cat or a horse)
They beat on stray scions of our race. IS’
amazing the barbaric persecution who often were made
sign, the drunken mob of hatred and revenge, to the smallest,
insignificant, silly pretext, the Italians.
It was a victim of savage persecution, relentless, unremitting:
by criminal events in New Orleans, where several
tens of Italians were killed, the poor worker harassed,
insulted, beaten, killed, in the mines, for the campaigns,
in factories; by lynchings newspapers in the Southern states,
the cowardly assaults against the derelict “guinea“, the ferocious fighter
the victim “dago” in the streets of populous cities,
up to stunning, tragic events Ides West Frankfort, Illinois
composed of Emiliani and Marchiggiani) he had to leave
his roof, his bread, his cattle, all the precious things of
his new life, raising arms to his patients, his women,
his oldest, her children, and go up the street of the Calvary, in the dark,
into the unknown, leaving behind a trail of blood, poor
bodies torn to pieces by the furious rabble, who urged even,
relentless! … The same thing happened – very recently – in Beaverdale,
It was in danger of terrible punishment if they did not let
Bedford, Indiana; in the State of Mississippi our workers in
1913 were themselves the object of cruel torture and the Italian children
It was even forbidden, as the Japanese and the Chinese, in California
and elsewhere, to attend public schools. countryman
who dared to raise his voice, protesting, it was hanged!