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...

This book is a marvelous opus which deserves to be recognized for its innovative approach to the topic of Anti-Italianism. As William J. Connell affirms, "The essays in this volume were written... with the idea of looking very hard at the experiences Italian Americans have had with issues of discrimination and stereotyping." And it does so with a c...

Il cinema, quella macchina meravigliosa e un po' magica che ha cambiato, influenzato, educato e diseducato intere generazioni nel corso dell'ultimo secolo.   Come tutti i media, il cinema nasconde delle insidie, specie per lo spettatore pigro o ingenuo: informazioni romanzate, parziali, unilaterali, a volte dolosamente scorrette, sono state...

The federal monitor overseeing reforms to the NYPD have proposed federal rules for NYPD training which will include an old Italian stereotype. New recruits will get intense training on how to avoid expressing stereotypical assumptions that spotlight minorities or other groups, or that set them apart from others.   According to the New Y...

The first Italians who came to the US during the mass migration age spent their first years basically without any right. Some of them because they considered themselves "birds of passage": they came to the US with the full intent of making money and then come back to Italy. Some of them because they weren't interested in losing their Italian citize...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition has added Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Foods to its "Wall of Shame". Johnsonville Foods has been singled out for continuing to air a commercial for its 'Family Brats' that features a character resembling Tony Soprano. The spot depicts a family barbeque and is riddled with worn out organized crime refere...

In a bid to challenge Italian stereotypes, two young Italians set up a dedicated Twitter account, which is run each week by a different person. The Local spoke to the founders of 'I am Italy' to find out how they are revamping Italy's image. "We're evolving from the 'mafia, spaghetti, mamma' image of the average Italian, to a country that is becom...

With the exception of Louis Zamperini in 2014 "Unbroken", it has been almost impossible to find Italian American positive characters in the Hollywood storytelling of last decades. While Italian Americans have proved their talent and their hardworking attitude with an exceptional positive contribution to American society, economy, culture in any pos...