Everyone tacitly understands when the social imperatives of diversity and multiculturalism will cease being imperative. When they will not even continue as active concepts. When the words simply won’t be mentioned or remembered. And one mother in Italy is just a son away from comprehension.
An Italian mother has written to her city’s mayor claiming her son is the only Italian of all 66 children at his nursery school. She added that integration has been reversed, with Italian children scarce among a large group of foreigners.
“To me, having a school with 65 foreign children and only one Italian seems like an educational and teaching mistake,” Eleonora Baccaro said in a letter, addressed to Massimo Bitonci, the mayor of Padua, northern Italy.
The letter was published in Il Mattino di Padova, a local newspaper.
Baccaro added that she is very concerned about what’s happening at Quadrifoglio pre-school in the city’s Arcella area, which takes children aged three to six.
“The ratio is so disproportionate; we can’t even talk about integration. Unless it’s integration in reverse, with Italian children being among a large group of foreigners,” she wrote, as cited by the Local.
Baccaro added that she is not a racist and her concerns are not based on “intolerance towards those who come from afar.” She explained that the question she poses is only from a cultural and pedagogical standpoint.
“With so many children from a different cultural background, and having a different religion to ours, how can you arrange, for example, any kind of Christmas play inspired by our Catholic faith? This is not good.”
Gabriella Balbo, a teacher at Quadrifoglio School, said that the majority of the children were born in Italy.
“We have always been multiethnic,” she told the Local, “We do our best to welcome all children and have had to come up with strategies to maintain a good level of education and ensure all children are taken care of.”
However, she added that the school needs cultural and linguistic mediators, adding that the teachers’ goodwill and organizational efficiency are not enough.
Other teachers at school complain of linguistic problems they face while dealing with metalinguistic parents.
“On the first day of school [September 15] a Chinese mother wanted, at all costs, to speak to us teachers about her son, who was in his first year,” one teacher told Il Mattino di Padova.
According to the teacher, the woman had only been in Padua “for a short time and didn’t speak a word of Italian.”
“So we had to find another Chinese mother to translate,” she added.
By January 1, 2014, the number of foreign residents in Italy had reached 4,987,721. The majority of migrants came from Romania, Morocco, Albania and China.
The numbers, however, exclude illegal immigrants, whose numbers are difficult to determine. The country has been hit by an influx of illegal immigrants since the beginning of this year, with over 50,000 seeking refuge in the Mediterranean country since January. The government has been hard-pressed to deal with the situation and has called on the EU to intervene.
And that’s how it ends. With no Italian children in Italian nurseries.
It is simply Diversity! until reaching this desired end-state. And then diversity is concluded.
And of course the despairing mother understands the sickening qualifier she is compelled to mouth. I’m not racist! Her son represents the only Italian blood in his own Italian class, and still this genuflection is observed.
Why do we never hear any other peoples defensively proclaim their non-racism? Because they understand the notion is preposterous. They are all plainly racist, and have the words, deeds, and advocacy groups to prove it. Westerners see all of these things and can’t possibly escape some level of mental digestion. Yet while every other group demands its cut of western countries in the most explicitly racial terms, we still bleat down to the last remaining baby…I’m not racist!
I wonder if that boy’s future countrymen will say the same.