On November 19, 2023, the Press of Atlantic City published this letter by Ann Pompelio of Brigantine, NJ. Pompelio wrote:
“My Irish ancestors faced signs saying ‘Irish need not apply.’ My Italian ancestors were not considered white when they sailed into New York Harbor. It only took about one generation for their progeny to be considered true Americans, entitled to all America has to offer. European immigrants of varied ethnicities intermarried, produced white children, whose right to call themselves American isn’t questioned.
“The same cannot be said of Black, brown or biracial people. Hard work, advancements, education do not guarantee Americanism. Why? Maybe because nonwhite skin is still less valued than white, in the land of the free with liberty and justice for all”.
Above Image: November 16, 2023 Letter of Ann Pompelio in Press of Atlantic City. Click Here For Link To Original Online Post: Maybe nonwhite skin less valued than white (pressofatlanticcity.com)
Pompelio’s first paragraph is true. It proves how great and “exceptional” America once was. Throughout Europe bigotry, hatred, and discrimination against some national, ethnic, and religious groups lasted for centuries, even though all had white skin.
I personally remember meeting many young Catholics and Protestants from Ireland during summers in Atlantic City during the “Troubles” of the 1970s. Many of them gathered at the Irish Pub at St. James Place and the Boardwalk. I was astonished at how they quickly they identified and often like or disliked each other by religion even though they all looked, dressed, and sounded alike to me. During the Holocaust, most Jews looked like most of the Germans who rounded up and murdered them.
However, here in America almost all of the discrimination that my Jewish grandparents faced in New York in the 1920s was gone when I grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey and then lived in North Carolina during the 1960s.
Yet Pompelio is completely wrong in her final paragraph when she assumes without evidence that “hard work, advancements and education do not guarantee Americanism” for “black, brown or biracial people”. That is a blatant lie. However, that lie has been taught as truth by our colleges, public schools, media, and Hollywood and TV entertainment for so long, that most young Americans now believe it.
An easy way to refute that lie is to pick up, read, and share our 2024 Teaching Calendar with young people who never lived in the America that “boomers” grew up in. For each month, our calendar tells true stories of real people of all races, nationalities and religions who lived in Atlantic City and nearby towns. It tells of how they made “Liberty and Prosperity” a fitting motto for New Jersey and how they enjoyed both here. It also explains how America became a “Land of Boundless Opportunities” for Americans of all races, nationalities, ethnic groups and religions.
We also include footnotes to document each story, so anyone can quickly learn interesting and important details.
If you have not already done so, please pick our calendars, and give them to everyone you know who can learn from them. Each one cost us $2.50 to produce. We are selling them for $2 each in batches of 10 for $20. However, our goal for this project is education, not fundraising. Please feel free to pick up as many calendars as you want, as long as you assure us they will not be wasted. We printed 2,790 calendars. We have 1,400 left.
They are a perfect Christmas or Hanukkah gift for everyone in your family–especially students.
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