The migrant crisis is fueling racist violence
Corriere della Sera
The “nightmare of racist terrorism” has come to Italy, said Antonio Polito. In a two-hour shooting spree last week, far-right extremist Luca Traini drove around the central Italian city of Macerata opening fire at every dark-skinned person he saw. Five African men and an African woman were wounded in the attack. Traini, who has a neo-Nazi tattoo on his forehead, allegedly gave a Nazi salute as he was arrested, with an Italian flag draped over his shoulders. “We must now open our eyes to what Italy is becoming.” We have grown inured to hate speech in daily conversation, to a mode of expression that describes those who disagree with us on matters of immigration as the enemy. We must oppose this. Yet we must also recognize that “the chaotic, uncontrolled, illegal way” migrants have flooded our cities “has provoked resentment and rancor even among decent people.” Macerata has become a hub for human trafficking, where African girls are sold to work on the street. And just days before the shootings, the dismembered remains of an 18-year-old Italian girl were found in the city; a Nigerian drug dealer has been arrested in connection with her killing. “Does tolerance mean tolerating this? Of course not.” It is childish to blame Traini’s violence on critics of immigration. We ought to be able to criticize both this untenable migrant situation and criminals who target migrants.