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Ethnic Groups and Discrimination

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Ethnic Groups and Discrimination By: Michael P Boyer Axia College of University of Phoenix Italians immigrated to the United States for many reasons. In 1657 about 167 Italians immigrated to the United States from Holland due to religious persecution. Between 1850 and 1880 about 65,000 Italians had come to the United States. This set up the later immigrants with newspapers and "Little Italy's" popping up all over the United States. Between 1875 and 1930 over 5 million Italians immigrated to the United States from Italy. This was primarily due to the poor farming conditions in Southern Italy. Most Italians that came to the United States were illiterate and unskilled causing them to work as common laborers. ...read more.


One of the reasons that most Americans thought this way was probably because the Italian government sent criminals to the United States just to get them out of Italy. The image that was presented about all Italians being involved in organized crime, mainly the MAFIA, certainly did not help things any. People assumed that the rise in crime was directly associated with the influx of Italian immigrants. Italians were also faced with segregation issues in the United States. These were seen in the form of "Little Italy's" that could be found in a lot of big cities. The Italians were not only forced into these areas, a majority of them chose to live in these areas because they knew no one and wanted to stay with their own kind. ...read more.


They were unable to obtain certain jobs just because they were Italian. Most recently old stereotypes are showing up in movies and television shows that depict Italian men as being in the MAFIA, "whacking" people and having rage issues. People need to realize that this is only television and movies and that these stereotypes only represent a small number of Italian Americans. Italian Americans were affected by affirmative action in the sense that they were not eligible to participate in it. They did not have things handed to them by the institution of government regulations. They had to work themselves to get to where they are today. The reason for this is that by the time affirmative action was instituted the Italian immigrants' status did not enable them to take advantage of it. ...read more.

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