Italy and Immigration
There is a lot I could say on this topic, but I will leave the photo and the links I’ll mention to do most of the talking. Just want to say that immigration isn’t really something I ever thought about growing up as a white, middle-class American, not until I came to live in Italy for the first time in 2001 and all of a sudden I was a foreigner (“straniera“). I was the one struggling to communicate simple words, my personality, my intellect. It is still something I think about almost everyday, no matter how well I speak Italian, and is something that will stay with me as long as I live here. And honestly, as an American, I have it easy compared to a lot of nationalities.
This sign is the first of a series by CGIL, one of the oldest labor rights organizations in Italy, aimed at ending racism and starting a dialogue about immigration. You can read more about the aims of the campaign here. The sign reads “Italian”/”Foreigner,” “Skin has many colors. Blood only one. Against racism, equal rights for citizens. Voting rights, equal civil rights for immigrants.” For a peak inside the situation here in Italy, where immigration is a relatively new phenomena, there is an excellent article (translated from Italian) about the current situation and the Bossi-Fini laws. For something really scary, read a bit more about Bossi and the Lega Nord, which sadly did well this last election cycle and is promoting all sort of anti-immigrant sentiment.
Italy is young yet in this situation, let’s hope it continues to grow and realize that “stranieri” aren’t so bad.