In one of the better pieces I've read about the Italian-American experience in the U.S. in a long time, writer Daria DiGiovanni hits the nail on the head in a post on the blog Smart Girl Nation. In her piece "Moving Beyond the Mafia" she asks the central question: Why aren't IAs depicted in the media the way they truly are, instead of stereotypically as gangsters? And even when IAs were portrayed in a positive light, why aren't they portrayed accurately?
None of the aforementioned folks have mob ties, nor do they talk as if they have a mouthful of food they forgot to swallow. All are bright, intelligent, law-abiding citizens who continue to make meaningful contributions to their country, clients and family. Yet none are represented specifically as Italian-Americans on film or television. That is a grave disservice, not only to them, but to their hard-working immigrant forefathers who came to America in search of a better life, and left an indelible mark on the country in the process.This article is well worth reading. It makes you wonder why many of the stories out there aren't told by the media -- they're just as compelling as any gangster saga. Maybe not as flashy and violent, but compelling nonetheless.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Posted by and © Dean Tomasula at 9:33 AM