|Re: Catholic Iraqi refugee attacked, beaten in NM by man...|
- Friday, June 13 2014, 18:30:40 (UTC)|
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Remember the Irish Catholics? They immigrated to the States escaping famine and were immediately branded as "white niggers" and sent to the mine shafts of Appalachia to work like slaves and die from black lung disease. Or Italian Catholics who were either "anarchist terrorists" or "mafiosi" and jailed or condemned to death (Sacco and Vanzetti), or deported back to the "old country" (Charlie "Lucky" Luciano). This is, and has always been, a White Anglo Saxon Protestant (WASP) country. I think it was in Robert De Niro's film, "The Good Shepherd" where this exchange takes place. It says a lot in a few lines:
Joseph Palmi: You know, we Italians have our families and the church, the Irish have the homeland, the Jews their tradition, the niggers their music. What do you guys have?
Edward Wilson: We have the United States of America. The rest of you are just visiting.
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