Did you know the depth of hatred and racism Italian Americans faced in America?

NickiB
This began from an argument 2 people in my school had. Where someone accused an Italian American of not knowing what it's like to have her ancestors discriminated against.

She then broke down the history of what Italian Americans went through.
Below is something I copied and pasted detailing their struggles.

It was surprising to hear how rough they had it and how little it is discussed.

She went on to say how Italians are still discriminated against today but is not covered by the media like other discrimination.

Much of the anti-Italian hostility in the United States was directed at Southern Italians and Sicilians, who began immigrating to the United States in large numbers after 1880. Before that, there were relatively few Italians in North America.
Italian stereotypes abounded as a means of justifying the maltreatment of the immigrants. The print media greatly contributed to the stereotyping of Italians with lurid accounts of secret societies and criminality. Between 1890 and 1920, Italian neighborhoods were often depicted as violent and controlled by criminal networks. Two highly publicized cases illustrate the impact of these negative stereotypes:

Sacco and Vanzetti in handcuffs.

In 1891, eleven Italian immigrants in New Orleans were lynched due to their alleged role in the murder of the police chief David Hennessy. This was one of the largest mass lynchings in U. S. history. The lynching took place after nine of the immigrants were tried for the murder and acquitted. Subsequently, a mob broke into the jail where they were being held and dragged them out to be lynched, together with two other Italians who were being held in the jail at the time, but had not been accused in the killing.

One of the largest mass lynchings in American history involved the lynching of eleven Italian immigrants in New Orleans in 1891.

In 1920, two Italian immigrants, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, were both tried and executed unfairly.
Did you know the depth of hatred and racism Italian Americans faced in America?
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