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Italians are Assumed to be Lazy , Criminal and oversexed

by Sarah
(Florida)

Moving to the ultra conservative southeast US was a very upsetting experience. All kinds of horrible assumptions were made about me to the point of putting me in danger .I had no idea how bad it could get .
Assumptions that I was dangerous, criminal , violent , over sexed .It was like living in a weird carnival , with distorted mirrors everywhere.
Extreme bias and hatred was covered with sugary sweet pleasantries until they tried to entrap me .
Because it was 'faith based' oragnisations were involved , this shattered my faith . I am a Northerner, Non Baptist , and an Italian woman so I was subjected to extremely humiliating and cruel treatment .

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Dec 22, 2015
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by: Alan

Thanks Sarah. Yes, as you and the article point out, assumptions can be made on the basis of labels we attach to people which then mean we don't try to get to know them because we assume we 'already know' what someone who fits our label will be like.

This happens in most of our daily interactions and we rarely question it in ourselves, although it is much more easily seen when we experience it from others.

Thanks again for your comment.

Alan

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