American Phantasmagoria (Lulu 2020)
Newark, NJ | in The New York Times
Let’s look further back at the terrible immigrant history by the WASPS against almost anyone else. From the Irish being crushed in the Civil War Draft Riots followed by “No Irish Need Apply” in 1870’s NYC.
Discrimination against my Italian immigrant Family (1890-1927) with the 1920-27 arrest & execution of SACCO & VANZETTI and the suppression of their language and culture. American WASP elites labeled them as Africans in the South of Italy because they were dark skinned. Called WOPS (without papers) greasers they suffered in America.
The Germans lost their language and culture in and around WWI. In Union City, THE PASSION PLAY was originally performed in German honoring their Oberamegau connections. Lutherans hated the Catholics and the Jews.
Italian immigrants were lynched in New Orleans. Also imprisoned via La Storia segreta (the secret History) during World War II like the Japanese. Does anyone remember the complexity of discrimination in America ?
June 8, 2020
Response to Charles Blow in The NYTimes.
With Black Mayor’s in Newark for 50 years and many other Cities, failure could also be the fault of those in charge, Corruption ? Member’s of the Black caucus in Congress and the Senate. Mr. Blow’s anger has trumped his reason.
In my life I profoundly remember discrimination against Catholic’s. As a child we marched in the Holy Name parades in Newark en masse as well. There was a film by Otto Preminger: THE CARDINAL that demonstrated bigotry against Catholic’s in the South.
He should see it. There are economic disparities here in Newark and the Rust Belt and a entrenched upper middle class Black population. C’mon Mr. Blow.