Why did Italians create large mobs in New York and Chicago?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Because in Sicily farmers and communities paid gangs of men to protect their property from criminals, however as happens many times in history, these gangs later turned on the people they were meant to protect; this is the earliest form of "racketeering". Gangs and miafas became numerous in Sicily. Those Italians that moved to the US brought elements of this lifestyle into the US, similar to how cartels from Mexico brought their lifestyle into the US today.

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  • 2 months ago

    They went where the money was and where there were people fresh off the boat to exploit. 

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  • John
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    2 months ago

    A racist against Italians? Say it ain't so.

    • Kid Mohawk
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      2 months agoReport

      What's racist about it...?  He's not saying that Italians invented crime, but instead asking why Italian crime families targeted those areas specifically.

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  • 2 months ago

    They were ENABLED by MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of Italian Immigrants who kow towed to them, thought what they were doing was normal, and refused to go to the police about them.

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  • 2 months ago

    because that was where they lived

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