Monday, March 10, 2008

It's Official -- Italian-Americans Are Stereotyped!

None other than U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. says Italian-Americans are the victims of stereotypes. And he pointed to The Sopranos as the main culprit.

What more proof do you need?

Speaking at Rutgers University in New Jersey last month, Justice Alito, a New Jersey native, said the hit HBO mob drama was guilty of helping associate in the minds of many Americans the Mafia with Italian-Americans.

According to the Associate Press, Alito told the Rutgers crowd: "You have a trifecta — gangsters, Italian-Americans, New Jersey — wedded in the popular American imagination." The AP pointed out that Alito "lamented" that there is too much stereotyping if Italian-Americans in the U.S.

So there you have it folks. The Supreme Court (well, at least one-ninth of the Supreme Court) admits stereotyping of Italian-Americans exists and that it is lamentable. Not only that, be he used a horse racing reference to drive home his point.

Well, I guess that takes care of the problem then.