The Mafia and Me: Reflections on Being Italian by Michael Parenti

by Michael Parenti
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
January 20, 2011

Like many others of Italian-American heritage, I experienced some discomfort when in 1951 Senator Estes Kefauver, a Democrat from Tennessee, launched his highly publicized investigation into the organized rackets, uncovering scores of thugs with Italian surnames. Subsequent decades produced an endless parade of such rogues whose mugs were repeatedly splashed across the print and broadcast media.

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