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Posted March 16, 2014
The title alone shows the ignorance of this book: the "mafi
The title alone shows the ignorance of this book: the "mafia" is a criminal organization in Sicily, it has nothing to do with Chicago. What the pseudo-author means is "organized crime," which is as American as Apple Pie and, historically, has been comprised of every single ethnic group from Anglos to Russians. The difference is that people like Mr. Griffith focus ONLY on criminals with Italian surnames. He, and others, merely shine a flashlight, not a spotlight.
Furthermore, as someone who grew up in the very neighborhood which he casually alludes to as being mob-infested, I take personal offense---both as a former child of those streets (who is now a teacher) and as a free-lance journalist and writer within the local and national Italian American communities (who helped co-produce a 2007 PBS special on WTTW called, "And They Came to Chicago: The Italian American Legacy"). The true narrative of Italians in Chicago is inspiring.
Mr. Griffith could just as easily have walked the streets of Chicago's Chinatown and heard similar
stories about the gangsters and drug dealers who operated there (and still do). But, he didn't. That
is because he isn't a true researcher, merely a prejudice peddler. Anyone who buys this book is
simply feeding a literary drug habit..and yes, this makes Griffith and others common suppliers.
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