Our racism epidemic spiked relatively recently, with its peak being 2007-2008. Political figures at the time directed the problem at the uncontrolled flow of Roma’s immigrants. A poll was taken in May of 2008 in which 68% of Italian citizens wished for all Romanian immigrants to be deported. We did deport over 200 Romanian immigrants, which was and is still against the Immigration policies of the European Union. Mobs in several areas around Naples attacked Roma communities, setting homes alight, and forcing hundreds of Roma to flee. Racism is currently at a high, possibly correlating to the murder of Pamela Mastropietro, an 18-year-old Italian girl who was last seen on 29 January 2018 and was murdered soon after in Macerata, Italy by Nigerian immigrants. In response to this, We more heavily pressed down on gun bans and policies. Unfortunately, the majority of the attacks and harassments immigrants face involve air rifles or pellet guns, both of which are completely legal in Italy. Though a ban of air rifles and pellet guns may help temporarily, there will most likely be ways around this found by Italians anti-Semitic citizens. We hope to gain the help of the U.N. in coming to a solution for this issue.
- Ian Lucas