Ugh. In December I wrote about the plight of African immigrants in Naples. Unfortunately, last Thursday in the town of Rosarno (about 5 hours south of Naples), some Italians in a car decided to shoot air bullets at two Africans as they were walking back home from work. Their shots set off riots and protests throughout the town by African immigrants. By Sunday, the police came in and evacuated more than 900 immigrants. While watching their departure, many Italian inhabitants cheered. You can read about the incident by googling 'Rosarno' or clicking here.
I have never known a country, region, or city that didn't have its share of inequalities, biases, xenophobias, and racism. But I currently live here in Italy. So I report the sad story from Naples. Voice of America reports that in the last two years there have been more than 300 violent attacks in Italy against the Roma, Romanians, and Africans.
What can we do to curb this tide of anger and xenophobia?