Discrimination and defamation against Italian Americans is really, really bad in this country, and it's not even overt discrimination but sneaky stereotyping. For example, a bunch of idiot alumni of my undergrad school started an association called the "Emerson mafia." Their web page and such is Sopranos-themed, complete with little guns and a shady guy in a fedora. I find that really offensive! I tried getting the college involved, but per usual, they did their jazz hands (over the phone, saying "there's nothing we can do"). I mean, this is really horrible, especially for a college that prides itself on diversity. It disgusts me so much that I wish I could pay some money, transfer my courses to another school, and get a bachelor's issued from elsewhere.
Organized crime has nothing to do with networking. Racist idiots.
i was looking up a movie when i stumbled onto this. i found the first paragraph kinda strange- basicly, it just goes on and on about how he "is considered to be italian-american even though" he is mixed, how the name de niro is just his grandfather's italian name, etc., etc. i just thought it was odd that they talk this way in the old country about mixed italian-americans. it almost seemed to me like they were implying that we weren't "real" for being < 100%. i didn't really think blood-quantum stuff was used to knock anybody in the year 2008. kinda puzzling that it apparently still is...
then again, i know that groups like the sons of italy in america have had it in for de niro for years, because they're essentially pissed that he played in a couple of mafia movies. perhaps that's part of what motivates treatment like this. *shrug*
My wife is going to study at Italian university. In order to receive the student visa we need in handwriting invitation from Italian living in Rome. Actually, this is mere formality, but we have no Italian buddies. Badly need your help. We will gratitude.