“Italian neighborhoods” in US cities were populated primarily by Sicilians, Neopolitans and Calabrese - regions that for centuries had different cultures, languages and governments from the Italy of Rome, Florence and Milan.
I love Daniel Greenfield, but this time I’ve got to say, as someone who spent a lot of my childhood and adolescenr summers in Italy, that even anundeveloped ten year old girl could not walk down a city street or take the tram or subway without being harassed and subjected to gross indecencies by adult men. Italian men. I will add that in my early twenties, traveling in Morocco, I ended up separating from friends and going on my own for long distances - in a country where the women wear veils - and I never encountered one moment of discomfort or danger from a man. Ditto when I made my way back through Spain. No sooner did I arrive in Italy, I had to fend off constant harassment just walking in the street and an attempted rape by a medical doctor. So perhaps it is something in the water in Italy that makes men abusive and violent.
That explains it. There's something in the water in Muslim countries that affects their brains. On the brighter side, at least women being raped in Italy aren't muslim.
You are correct, I am Calabrian, and most of our neighbors were southern Italians.. Although many of them do not consider Sicilians to be real Italians..
My ex wife was half Sicilian, and my grandfather wouldn’t allow her family to cross his threshold, he did let my wife enter, because in his narrow mind she was diluted enough with Italian blood to be accepted.. LOL
Yes, I remember on the Via Veneto back in the 1980s, an American girl couldn’t walk two feet without getting stopped by a man showing you his identification card so you would know he wasn’t trying to steal your handbag. They were completely girl crazy! But when I visit my Sicilian relatives in Eastern Sicily these days, I notice that men no longer seem to bother women. I think this may be because sex is much freer than it was in the old days. Just a theory.