Slurring and Insulting Italian Americans on Social Media: The Last “Safe” Prejudice

Apr 15, 2021 3626

BY: Pasquale Palumbo

Here’s a “Jeopardy!” Clue: “Despite their significant and numerous contributions to the history of the United States, it is still socially acceptable to slur members of this ethnic group.” The Response: “Who are the Italian-Americans?” On April 8, 2021, I competed on the highly respected and loved quiz showJeopardy! and I emerged as the champion for that episode.

After a pursuit that took half my life to complete, I was chosen as a contestant on Jeopardy! which filmed this past February. Putting my wedding and the births of my children aside for one moment, this was one of the greatest moments of my life, especially when you consider just how long the odds are to even be selected, let alone be crowned the Champion at the end of the game.

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