On March 14, 1891 eleven Italian-Americans were lynched in New Orleans by a mob waving the Confederate flag who had been whipped up into believing that New Orleans Police Chief David Hennessey had been murdered by "the dagoes." It is from this incident that the term "mafia" entered the American lexicon as the thugs who lynched these 11 men, who had...

Italian American One Voice Coalition Executive Board Members Andre DiMino and Frank Cipolla late last week conducted a major presentation before members of the Writers Guild of America East Chapter at the guild's Manhattan offices. "This was a major opportunity to educate important TV and movie script writers on the many facets of Italian American...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“ONE VOICE”), a nationwide coalition of anti-bias activists, is vehemently opposed to a casting call for perpetuating a negative stereotype of Israelis and Italians.  The casting call, posted on castingnetworks.com, states “Looking for Israelis and Italian Actors that are not ashamed to admit they can be an...

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has slammed the liberal media bias in the U.S. and the anti-Italian stereotypes that were used against him. Speaking as a guest of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce during a visit to Israel, Mr Scaramucci said that liberal pundits had no problem mocking his Italian heritage by call...

The Italian-American community has for many years now been suffering a very blatant stereotype in the media. Hollywood, despite being filled with high-caliber writers and the type of talent that could possibly dispel the myths and fabrications that have been levied against Italians, has many times opted to show their version of events rather than l...

Tra i diversi aspetti che caratterizzano l'esperienza italoamericana, come ci hanno detto alcuni nostri precedenti ospiti, c'è (sin dall'inizio) il problema delle discriminazioni e degli stereotipi. E' un problema che divide fortemente la comunità: perché c'è chi lo combatte con grande forza, e chi ritiene che al contrario bisognerebbe evitare di p...

By Dr. Emanuele Alfano, President IAOVC   Will we ever have enough Italian Americans that will stand up and defend our heritage and culture from continued negative portrayals?    Will we ever have enough Italian Americans that can make a difference in putting an end to the endless degradation, ridicule and defamation perpetuate...

Dear Friends, New York Italians in collaboration with Fordham University, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Italian Honor Society C.I.A.O. is very happy to invite you to: "Italian Identiti(es): Media Mafia Stereotypes" - A voyage through the maze of symbols that say who we are. October 11 at 6:30 PM at Fordham...

Every nationality is the victim of stereotyping. Some stereotypes are plausible (the Swiss are punctual), others are inoffensive (the Germans are organized) and yet others flatter (the Irish are generous).   But some stereotypes are insulting. Like the one that says Italian soldiers are spineless. A cabinet minister from another European cou...

On Sunday, Aug. 4, 1901, the Boston Globe invited five prominent Italians and Italian Americans to respond to the question: "Is the Italian More Prone to Violent Crime than Any Other Race?" The question was not simply a product of anti-Italian stereotypes. As the table below notes, crime statistics of the time showed that while Italians committed...