Yes, i’m half mom and half dad.
I was talking to my friend on the phone and then she almost got run over and i was obviously really concerned so i asked her if she was okay and after a moment she replied “there is a Jesus in the sky” in a really matter-of-fact sort of way
so obviously I thought something was seriously wrong but
omg please don’t bring this back
People are converting because of this post and I’m actually Jewish oh god I fucked up
I can’t anymore with the bullshit tumblr decided is going on in my country. no. no single italian believes sicilians are black. or of color. not a single everfucking one. not even the most hateful of them all at north. the north/south debate is not relative to race or skin color, it’s not even specifically about sicily.
If we want to be more accurate neapolitans are hated much more than sicilians, like MUCH more.
(I actually think sicilians are among the most loved in all the southern regions but I’m not that sure)hell consider that scene in the movie ‘Benvenuti al Sud’ that’s a comedy about southern stereotypes seen from northern italians: the northern man who’s forced to move south for a job and is all like “I need to move to south? you mean bologna?” “no more south” “roma?” “nono, southerner” and with a hopeful expression “well….sicilia?” “worse: Napoli” “NOOOOOO” which should make you think about the target of the joke: no northern italian would see sicily as even remotely the worst place to be sent, not compared to Campania (the region where Neaples is).
what the south/north debate is:
is purely a socio-economic situation born after the risorgimento and that escalated in the 60es during the ‘miracolo economico’. it is purely based on economic factors and migration patterns and while often italians refers to the hatred as ‘racism’ the term is wrongly used as race have no factor whatsoever in this situation. At most it stems from language and culture, that are profoundly different from region to region in here, and the fact that many people at north feels they are the only one working while people from tuscany in south only “steal and slacks”. (Something that’s not true in the least of course.) It’s due to the fact that most of the industries are in the north and in the last 40 years there’s been a steady influx of immigration from southern regions in areas such as Pianura Padana and Piemonte, from people who speaks ‘differently’ (because our accents are almost unintelligible for people from other regions) who have been “stealing their jobs”.
It should be an evidence of how not race related but socially and economically and class related all this is just by regarding the main slur used in this situation: “terrone” that now just mean ‘southerner’ in a hateful way but the term in origin meant only ‘villein’, ‘serfs’, ‘laborer’ or in general those who worked the earth.
Other things factors in of course because it’s a really difficult situation to explain, included the presence of the various mafia organizations (‘Ndrangheta, Camorra, Cosa nostra and La Sacra corona unita) that outside may be something romantic (thanks Hollywood for that) and look cool and noble and/or something invented that doesn’t exist anymore, for us italians is a very dangerous reality that is ruining our country, that runs deep in the government making it one of the most corrupt countries in europe, that kills hundreds and hundreds of people each year. And it’s seen as a fault of ‘the south’.
It is an extremely stupid attitude from some northern people that stems almost entirely from economic factors: they feel they are the only one working and sacrificing while the ‘southerners’ enjoy their lives and are mafiosi stealing everything they have, including their jobs.
I’ve seen people bringing to the plate the arab domination in sicily in the situation and… Oh god if you lived here you couldn’t understand how WRONG you’re being,I mean…. most of the people needs to be reminded that there’s been an arab domination in sicily? We’ve had SO MANY FUCKING DOMINATIONS in the centuries? I mean, no one call neapolitans ‘french’ only because they had french domination for a long time, nor calabreses are called ‘greeks’ because of the magna graecia… like everyone and their mothers tried to conquer us or parts of us, I don’t even remember them all, you expect people with those stupid ‘padania unita’ ideals to actually know that? it’s so fucking ridiculous I can’t even find words for it.
It’s not even like they are the darkest of us all (if any, it’s the sardinians, but it’s not really that true either) because we are so mixed from north to south that you totally CAN’T recognize where someone’s from based on their looks. But if you hear them talking… well, that’s another thing altogether.
Let’s repeat it: Sicilians are not the ‘most discriminated against’ whatever tumblr might want you to believe. The north-south hate in italy is not due to race but economic situation.
All this stuff is embodied in the political party that’s called “Lega Nord”, that’s a party that THANKFULLY in the last elections took 4,09% of votes. You can understand how widespread this situation is just by that. Because most of the people (actually even a lot of right-winged people) thinks of ‘leghisti’ (that’s how they are called) pretty much the same way americans think of the Westboro baptist church: idiots, who talk too much loud and who are ruining everything for everyone else.
Leghisti need to be stopped because in addition to this internal situation they are absolutely terrible and hateful with any real person of color (not tumblr-appointed-POCs, like sicilians) and immigrant as well.
what hateful northern italians see when they look at a southern italian: a job-stealer, a slacker, a criminal, someone who speaks a totally different language, someone not educated enough
what hateful northern italians DO NOT see when they look at a southern italian: a person of color
For the record, I’m neither, I stay in that limbo called ‘centro italia’, which is seen as ‘north’ from people in the south and ‘south’ from people in the north. I’ve been called slurs from northerners.
I’ve wrote this in a haste there might be errors please correct me if I’m wrong I know several people who follow me have a lot of cool things to say about this.