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  • Little Italy is on the brink of extinction

    03/30/2014 12:06:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 30, 2014 | 2:52am | Kate Briquelet
    A piece of New York City history is bidding arrivederci. Rising rents and changing demographics have driven Little Italy to the verge of extinction. Once a teeming neighborhood stretching 50 square blocks, it now barely covers three blocks of Mulberry Street—and even that strip is under threat. “You can’t rebuild Little Italy,” said Robert Ianniello Jr., owner of the famed Umbertos Clam House. “If we go away, it will never be here again. You can’t build an Olive Garden and say it’s Little Italy.” …
  • Mario Cuomo ends 41-year boycott of 'The Godfather'

    10/23/2013 10:40:02 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 45 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 22, 2013
    NEW YORK, - Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo confirmed he has ended his decades-long boycott against "The Godfather" and watched the 1972 film. Cuomo, 81, long refused to watch Francis Ford Coppola's film due to his vocal opposition to stereotyping Italian-Americans as being involved in organized crime. But he said Sunday at the 2013 Forum Film Festival at the Forum on Law, Culture and Society at Fordham Law School in New York that he has finally watched the movie, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Cuomo admitted that "maybe this thing was a masterpiece." The former governor, speaking on...
  • Officials trying to referee Bay Ridge bar owner’s beef with food vendors (Arab's fake 'race card')

    05/08/2012 9:25:05 AM PDT · by Milagros · 9 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 6, 2012 | Simone Weichselbaum
    "They are sitting on the corners like pirates," says Tony Gentile The vendors and their fans blame racism for the heat as more Arabs and Asians move into the South Brooklyn neighborhood, once an Italian enclave... Falafel sellers Sammy Kassen, 21, manger of Middle Eastern Halal Food which sits about 50 feet from Lone Star and Islam Baiuomy, owner of Halal Express Food which is across the street, cash in on running a cheap business on the pavement. The vendors and their fans blame racism for the heat as more Arabs and Asians move into the South Brooklyn neighborhood, once...
  • Jersey-born judges get it right on guns

    07/01/2008 2:01:28 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 23 replies · 300+ views
    NJ Voices ^ | July 01, 2008 | Paul Mulshine
    I was walking around Rutgers the other day when I came upon a memorial to students who had fought in World War II. The list of names was impressive, but I imagine most major universities in America have similar memorials. It was only when I happened to walk by Old Queens that I noticed something you wouldn't see on just any campus. It was a plaque honoring the Rutgers men who had fought in the Revolutionary War. Nearby is the spot from which Alexander Hamilton directed cannon fire against the British in cover of George Washington's army. You don't see...
  • Justice Alito Sounds Off on 'Sopranos'

    02/13/2008 8:16:00 PM PST · by kellynla · 28 replies · 277+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | February 13, 2008 9:30 PM | staff
    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. has convicted "The Sopranos" of spreading what he says are stereotypes about Italian-Americans. During a visit to Rutgers University on Wednesday, Alito complained that the hit HBO television drama not only associated Italian-Americans with the Mafia, but New Jerseyans, as well. "You have a trifecta _ gangsters, Italian-Americans, New Jersey _ wedded in the popular American imagination," Alito said at an event sponsored by the Italian studies program at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey. Alito, himself an Italian-American, lived for nearly two decades in a West Caldwell home...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 10-12-07

    10/12/2007 5:19:11 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 138 replies · 679+ views
    President Bush traveled to Miami this morning to attend a RNC fundraiser and to speak about free trade. (Transcript)First Lady Laura Bush spoke at the National Italian American Foundation Luncheon this afternoon in Washington. (Transcript)Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrived in Moscow today and met with Russian President Putin to discuss Iran and missile defense. President & Mrs. Bush will spend the weekend at their ranch in Crawford, TX.Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Famed explorer unfairly maligned

    10/08/2007 10:56:50 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 28 replies · 1,248+ views
    Waterbury-Republican American ^ | October 7, 2007 | Editorial
    Few men are more revered by Italian-Americans than Christopher Columbus. But as the Order of the Sons of Italy notes, the politically correct have transformed him from "a skilled sea captain and deeply religious man" to a "bloodthirsty, gold-hungry slave trader who destroyed the Garden of Eden civilizations." They also claim he was complicit in "the genocide" of Indians through the introduction of infectious diseases. Balderdash. As author/columnist Michael Medved writes, Indians and Europeans were guilty of savagery but "none of the warfare (including an Indian attack in 1675 that succeeded in butchering a full one-fourth of the white population...
  • A tough man for a tough job, U.S. troop safety is the duty of a Jerseyan bent on winning

    07/06/2007 7:49:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 329+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.03.07 | WAYNE WOOLLEY
    The troops fighting in Iraq usually keep quiet when they hear critics say the war is going poorly.  Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola is a notable exception. The 49-year-old Elizabeth native, who is serving as the top enlisted soldier in Iraq, had a visceral reaction in May when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said "this war is lost."   Ciotola described his reaction to a reporter from the Tampa Tribune this way: "I felt compelled to pull out my sidearm," using military parlance for an urge to pull his gun. Ciotola said his choice of words, which are extreme even...
  • Trashy 'Sopranos' glorifies violence (GREELEY LAUGH ALERT)

    05/06/2006 12:03:25 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 56 replies · 2,188+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times "The Bright One" ^ | May 5, 2006 | ANDREW GREELEY
    I see by the papers, as Mr. Dooley would have said, that Crazy Uncle Junior tried to put Tony Soprano down. The paper was in fact what Jimmy Breslin is pleased to call New York Times Newspaper. Since there apparently are no serious national or world problems about which the wise men and women of the Times could pontificate, they decided to discuss Tony's apparent downfall. Surely, they would not use the space to admit how drastically they have reversed (waffled) their stance of three years ago on the war in Iraq -- just as their predecessors had never admitted...
  • Adeline Tancredo, Colorado Congressman's Mother, dies at 92

    01/25/2006 7:20:47 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 4 replies · 299+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 01-25-06 | M.E. Sprengelmeyer
    Adeline Tancredo, congressman's mother Adeline Tancredo's sauce propelled son into politics.| Print By M.E. Sprengelmeyer, Rocky Mountain News January 25, 2006 Adeline Tancredo, whose spaghetti sauce recipe launched a political career for her son, U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, died Tuesday in Westminster after suffering a stroke last year. She was 92. Mrs. Tancredo lived in Denver for most of her life, the daughter of Italian-American immigrants. When she was 16 years old, she went to work for $1 a day as a clerk at Joslins Department store on 16th Street in Denver - a site that is now a Courtyard...
  • NIAF TO HOST ITALIAN AMERICAN RALLY FOR JUDGE ALITO IN N.J.

    01/05/2006 10:21:38 PM PST · by Coleus · 41 replies · 1,914+ views
    NIAF TO HOST ITALIAN AMERICAN RALLY FOR JUDGE ALITO IN N.J.             (Washington, DC—December 20, 2005)  The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will host a rally in support of the Supreme Court nominee, Judge Samuel Alito, Jr., with the Italian-American community in Jersey City, N.J.,  on Friday morning, January 6.  The bi-partisan rally will be held at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, 2 Exchange Place, Jersey City, in the Manhattan Grand Ballroom at 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.              Constitutional law experts and fellow attorneys including: Honorable Donald DiFrancesco, former Acting Governor of New Jersey; Justice Marie...
  • 'Bronx Tale' Actor Says He's Sorry

    12/29/2005 9:01:37 AM PST · by presidio9 · 87 replies · 2,831+ views
    AP ^ | 12/29/05
    A young "Sopranos" actor accused in the slaying of an off-duty police officer said in a jailhouse interview he's sorry and didn't know his alleged burglary accomplice was carrying a gun. Lillo Brancato Jr., who appeared opposite Robert De Niro "A Bronx Tale" and more recently was in several episodes of "The Sopranos," was charged with murder and other counts in the Dec. 10 shooting of Daniel Enchautegui during a gunfight. He told the New York Post in an interview published Thursday that he wept while reading a newspaper account of Enchautegui's funeral. "When I saw the picture of his...
  • MAMMA MIA, THAT'S MY BOY! (DNC intimates Alito is Mafia and soft on crime, How low will they go?)

    11/01/2005 12:35:14 PM PST · by Coleus · 52 replies · 1,643+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11.01.05 | DEBORAH ORIN
    A hot issue will be a 1991 ruling on a Pennsylvania law requiring a woman to tell her husband before having an abortion — except in cases where spousal abuse or threat is involved or the child isn't her husband's. Alito voted to uphold the provision, which was later struck down by the Supreme Court. Polls, however, show most Americans favor spousal-notification laws. But Alito's dissent was limited and said nothing about his overall legal views on abortion. In more recent cases, he ruled against a ban on "partial-birth" abortion and against restrictions on Medicaid-funded abortions for rape victims. Italian-American...
  • Update: National Italian American Foundation Demands "Scalito" Apology

    10/31/2005 1:02:12 PM PST · by Brian Mosely · 104 replies · 2,672+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Mon Oct 31 2005 15:56:42 ET | A. Kenneth Ciongoli
    National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Statement: The NIAF is distressed by the attempts of some senators and the media (CNN, CBS) to marginalize Judge Samuel Alito's outstanding record, by frequent reference to his Italian heritage and by the use of the nickname, "Scalito." Appropriately, no one mentioned that Justice Breyer was Jewish or suggested that he was lock-step ideologically with the other Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it would have been outrageous to do so. We still do not know Justice Robert's ethnicity. We are justly proud of Justice Alito's Italian heritage and his sterling academic and judicial...
  • Media/DNC Nickname 'Scalito' Seen as Racially Insensitive

    10/31/2005 5:50:36 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 91 replies · 2,697+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | October 31, 2005
    MEDIA/DNC NICKNAME 'SCALITO' SEEN AS RACIALLY INSENSITIVE Mon Oct 31 2005 08:42:57 ET Before Judge Samuel Alito was even officially announced as President Bush’s next Supreme Court nominee, he met a wave of racial discrimination from numerous corners of the mainstream media and the Democrat Party. Because of Judge Alito’s conservative and Italian-American background he is often been compared to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and has been nicknamed by the mainstream media “Scalito.” This morning, on CNN’s AMERICAN MORNING host Soledad O’Brien said, “we've heard the nickname ‘Scalito’…. which is of course combining the Scalia, Justice Scalia and...
  • Pace Salutes U.S. Troops At Italian-American Event

    10/17/2005 6:04:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 285+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 17, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2005 – All Americans enjoy their freedoms today "because there are thousands and thousand of troops protecting us," the U.S. military's top general said at the National Italian American Foundation's annual awards dinner here Oct. 15. The NIAF recognized Marine Gen. Peter Pace for his distinguished military service. The son of an Italian immigrant, Pace recently became the first Marine appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The general's name is pronounced "PAH-chay" in Italian, which means "peace." Pace was among four Italian-Americans honored at the organization's awards ceremony, which followed the dinner. America's servicemembers...
  • Justice Antonin Scalia, Named Grand Marshal of New York City's COLUMBUS DAY PARADE, 2005

    10/09/2005 4:47:36 PM PDT · by Coleus · 59 replies · 1,793+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 09.23.05 | Columbus Citizens Foundation
     ANTONIN SCALIA, US SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, NAMED GRAND MARSHAL OF NEW YORK’S COLUMBUS DAY PARADEJustice Celebrated In Pageant of Italian-American AchievementNew York, NY, September 23, 2005 - Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, will be Grand Marshal of Manhattan’s 2005 Columbus Day Parade, Lawrence Auriana, president of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, announced today. The parade, which is produced by the non-profit Foundation, is the largest Columbus Day event in the world and will be held on New York’s Fifth Avenue on October 10, 2005.  "We are honored that Justice Scalia has accepted our invitation to be...
  • Scalia Didn't Expect Bush to Nominate Him

    10/08/2005 7:02:53 PM PDT · by RDTF · 80 replies · 2,166+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 8 | NAHAL TOOSI / AP
    <p>NEW YORK -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Saturday that he had not expected President Bush to nominate him to replace the late William Rehnquist as chief justice. "I'm not even sure I wanted it, to tell you the truth," Scalia told reporters at a media briefing before a gala dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan Bush, who had in the past mentioned Scalia as one role model for an ideal chief justice, passed on Scalia and nominated John Roberts after Rehnquist's death. Scalia said the time he would have had to devote to administering the court as chief justice would have taken away from his thinking and writing.</p>
  • Columbus Clash

    09/30/2005 7:14:09 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies · 529+ views
    Rocky Mounain News ^ | 30 Sept 05 | Mike Rosen
    Rosen: Columbus clash, 2005 September 30, 2005 We're about a week away from Denver's annual Columbus Day confrontation. Each year at this time, Italian-Americans lawfully assemble to hold a parade honoring Christopher Columbus and celebrating their heritage while the usual suspects - professional Indian activists, assorted lefties and recreational demonstrators who do this kind of thing for fun - violate the civil rights of paraders
  • Columbus Clash, 2005

    09/30/2005 8:54:26 AM PDT · by curtisgardner · 5 replies · 467+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 9/30/2005 | Mike Rosen
    We're about a week away from Denver's annual Columbus Day confrontation. Each year at this time, Italian-Americans lawfully assemble to hold a parade honoring Christopher Columbus and celebrating their heritage while the usual suspects - professional Indian activists, assorted lefties and recreational demonstrators who do this kind of thing for fun - violate the civil rights of paraders and seek to block and disrupt the event. There's one new wrinkle this year. The Denver City council, in June, passed new ordinances that specifically outlaw the obstruction or disruption of duly authorized parades like this. In the past, the law was...
  • Celebrity panel examines popular perceptions of Italian-Americans

    12/05/2004 12:07:00 PM PST · by sully777 · 76 replies · 1,485+ views
    Celebrity panel examines popular perceptions of Italian-Americans SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Comedian Joe Piscopo wants to change the popular stereotypes of Italian-Americans promoted on television and in movies. The former "Saturday Night Live" star attended a panel discussion at Seton Hall University Saturday that examined why, according to one attendee, prejudice against Italians is tacitly accepted in popular culture. Piscopo, who said he is embarrassed by some of the stereotypical Italian characters he has played, is at work on a movie that portrays an Italian-American family from northern New Jersey. He is determined to get the film made, though he...
  • Move Over, Irish; Italians Now Rule Boston

    10/05/2004 12:54:35 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 99 replies · 1,574+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 5, 2004 | Jennifer Peter
    BOSTON (AP) - In this land of Kennedys, O'Neills, Fitzgeralds and Flynns, where shamrocks grace the jerseys of the basketball team, the Italians are taking over. With the ascendancy of Salvatore DiMasi to the speakership of the Massachusetts House last week, Italian-Americans hold the two top positions in the state Legislature for the first time in its 224-year history. "Finally," said Sheryl Iftikhar (maiden name Spataro), who works at a convenience store in DiMasi's lifelong home, the city's North End, a neighborhood where visitors can buy signs that read "Parking for Italians Only." DiMasi, who took over from Irishman Tom...
  • Italian-American group derides shark film as offensive

    01/05/2004 5:30:33 AM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 15 replies · 194+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 5, 2004 | STEFANO ESPOSITO
    Dona DeSanctis is fine with the occasional Mafia movie or, as she puts it, a TV ad "where a big, fat Italian woman is doing somersaults in a field just because the spaghetti sauce comes in a jar." But DeSanctis, deputy executive director of the Order Sons of Italy in Washington, D.C., finds nothing funny about "Shark Tale," a DreamWorks animated feature set for release in October. DeSanctis' organization is collaborating with Italian-American activists in Chicago and across the nation who are angered by the movie's sharks -- big-nosed, brutish-looking wiseguys with names such as "Don Brizzi" and "Don Lino."...
  • You Know You're Italian If...

    01/01/2004 8:15:33 PM PST · by Mannaggia l'America · 200 replies · 19,892+ views
    Web | Unknown
    A little New Year's humor... You Know You're Italian If... You have many relatives named either Joe or Mary, and you have at least one brother named Joe You grew up in a small house, but you still had two kitchens. (One was in the basement)When you were growing up, you had five cousins all living on the same streetWhen you were growing up, you thought that all wine was red and that it only came in gallon jugs If someone in your family grows beyond 6’ 2”, it’s presumed that the mother had an affair There were more than...
  • No Coca-Cola mafia ad, capiche?

    12/04/2003 5:40:01 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 13 replies · 326+ views
    yahoo ^ | Dec 04, 2003
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. beverage giant Coca-Cola says it will stop showing a short film showing mafia toughs intimidating movie viewers after a barrage of complaints from Italian-American groups. The film, "Mafia Movie Madness," by graduate student Jordan Ross, won the 2003 Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award and was released as a pre-movie reel in early November to chains that included Loews Cineplex and Regal Entertainment Group."We regret that anyone was offended and we are removing it from theatres by tomorrow," a Coca-Cola spokeswoman said on Thursday.The film shows one movie patron getting jumped after ignoring a gray-suited usher's order...
  • Clueless About Columbus

    10/17/2003 8:29:33 AM PDT · by Jakarta ex-pat · 18 replies · 762+ views
    The Washington Dispatch ^ | 17/10/03 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Columbus Day was the product of the Italian population of New York City, which organized the first celebration of the discovery of America on October 12, 1866. In 1869, the Italian – American population of San Francisco celebrated October 12, as Columbus Day. It was not until 1905, that a state, Colorado, observed a Columbus Day and in 1937 FDR proclaimed October 12 Columbus Day. Today Columbus Day is disparaged by liberal multiculturalists who distort the history of Christopher Columbus and has been since 1992. An October 2, 2003 post to the Portland Independent Media Center addressed the issue of...
  • Bush fetes explorer, Italian Americans on holiday

    10/13/2003 11:14:06 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 234+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, October 14, 2003 | By Jennifer Harper
    <p>"The journey of the explorer from Genoa is one of the great stories of daring and discovery," President Bush said in a Columbus Day observance.</p> <p>"Every aspect of our culture, whether it be art or music, to law and politics, owes something to the influence of Italian Americans," Mr. Bush said.</p>
  • Bush vows he's 'in charge'

    10/13/2003 10:31:37 PM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 187+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/14/03 | Bill Sammon
    <p>President Bush yesterday asserted his authority as the chief decision maker on postwar Iraq and lashed out at critics for portraying his advisers as paralyzed by political infighting.</p> <p>"The person who is in charge is me," Mr. Bush said in an interview with Turner Broadcasting. "In all due respect to politicians here in Washington, D.C., who make comments, they're just wrong about our strategy. We've had a strategy from the beginning."</p>
  • Transcript of Remarks by President Bush on Columbus Day

    10/13/2003 10:32:25 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 2 replies · 178+ views
    Transcript of Remarks by President Bush on Columbus Day 10/13/03 12:02:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: White House Press Office, 202-456-2580 WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is a transcript of remarks by President Bush on Columbus Day: Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Room 450 10:32 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, all, please be seated. Grazie, Antonio. (Laughter and applause.) Thank you all for coming. I'm honored to join you in observing Columbus Day and to celebrate Columbus Day in the District named after Christopher Columbus. The journey of the explorer from Genoa is one of the...
  • Protesters aim to sink Columbus

    10/11/2003 12:46:33 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 9 replies · 323+ views
    Denver Post ^ | October 11, 2003 | Zachery Kouwe
    As Columbus Day approaches, not every American is gearing up to celebrate. Some are protesting. In what has become an annual ritual, hundreds of people banded together Friday night to stand against America's celebration of Christopher Columbus.Four groups of people, each wearing different colors meant to symbolize people of diverse races and nationalities, walked from various points in Denver starting at 5:30 p.m. and met in City of Cuernavaca Park in the Central Platte Valley.One group, dressed in yellow, burned incense, banged drums and chanted as they marched from the state Capitol down the 16th Street Mall.The group - over...
  • Why an Indian Needs Christopher Columbus-A Comanche appreciation of a courageous white man.

    10/10/2003 5:33:58 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies · 625+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | 10-10-03 | David Yeagley
    Why an Indian Needs Christopher ColumbusBy David YeagleyFrontPageMagazine.com | October 10, 2003 I wanted to lead the New York City Columbus parade this year, October 13th, 2003.   As a Comanche Indian, I thought I could touch up our savage image a bit, and reconcile the offenses other Indians have caused the Italian-Americans in recent years.  It would be a national reconciliation, I thought. Comanche Indians were not known for kindness to strangers, but other Indians were, especially the Taino, who first met Columbus on the Caribbean Islands and the Wampanoag, who saved the Pilgrims on the coast of New...
  • Italians Iced From New York Federal Judicial Appointments

    08/28/2003 5:28:34 PM PDT · by Shermy · 38 replies · 430+ views
    The Village Voice ^ | August 27, 2003 | Wayne Barrett
    Only one of 106 key federal judges in the city and surrounding suburbs is Italian, a civil rights group complained in a July letter to the governor and the state's two U.S. senators. The Tri-State Italian American Congress blasted this "shocking under-representation" as "outrageous," but neither Governor George Pataki nor senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton have responded to the month-old complaint. Schumer told the Voice that he found the numbers "very perturbing" and vowed "to do everything I can to get qualified Italian Americans appointed to the bench." The only sitting judge, John Sprizzo, was appointed in 1981 to...
  • Custer's Bugler, Playing the Subway?

    07/29/2003 6:24:27 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 42 replies · 989+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 29, 2003 | RANDY KENNEDY
    Nancy Siesel/The New York Times John Martin's grave at Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn. The Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn is the final resting place of several long-dead luminaries, among them a few Medal of Honor winners and a Fiji cannibal chief named Vendovi, who was said to have eaten up to a dozen American sailors before his capture. But undoubtedly the cemetery's oddest historical attraction can be found off by himself, at grave No. 8865, in a section few people visit anymore, where squirrels leap from headstone to headstone. Here lies John Martin, arguably the most fascinating...
  • No, We're Not That Family (Italian-Americans mad at Olive Garden)

    07/26/2002 12:51:26 PM PDT · by stands2reason · 334 replies · 1,795+ views
    Opnionjournal ^ | July 26, 2002 | Victorino Matus
    <p>Italian-Americans have a problem, and it's not "The Sopranos."</p> <p>Italian-Americans are speaking out. They are complaining about a stereotype they just can't stand. One that they find inaccurate and misleading. One that is constantly shown on television, much to their disgust. They are unhappy. They are at their wit's end. They are fed up.</p>