Like the Irish, the Italians were reviled in the 19th Century in America. Nowadays, of course, people with Italian and Irish ancestry are considered just average white people. And, since I believe that someday the world will be filled with people whose ancestry is so jumbled that no one will know who to hate, I consider that a positive sign for the future of humanity.
If you're a racist, that is, if you try to categorize people by the color of their skin, you are about to become extinct. And since race is a nonsense concept, anyway (I'm not trying to be *politically correct* here - do the research, there really has never been agreement on the division of races of people), the battle that people continue to fight to define race is a losing one.
|Lorenzo Scinto, my grandfather|
By the way, the photo up there is of me at age 30. Like most people with Italian ancestry, I have a five o'clock shadow that starts at about noon. When I was a kid, only gangsters and Richard Nixon had stubble on their faces, and although Don Johnson made it fashionable in the '80s, I still shave as closely as I can.