Wednesday, September 25

We don't have to worry about the Italians. They're not a dangerous people, they're just a nation of opera singers.

--Franklin D. Roosevelt on his Reelection Campaign, trying to get the Big City Ethnic Vote.

50 years or so ago, the Italians experienced extreme prejudice. Today, Italians are loved and emulated with restaurants like The Olive Garden ("Benvenuto! When You're Here, You're Family!") and Buca di Beppo ("A Smithsonian of Italiana!"). So all you Middle Eastern people out there don't you worry: in 50 years you'll have your own stereotypical restaurant and the Americans will love you just as much!

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