New York Being Italian American: Why Columbus Day Gives Me a Headache I am a staunch American, yet every year when it comes around, it forces me to look in the mirror and ask: where are your loyalties? You can make film after film and T.V. show after T.V. show focusing on every negative stereotype and caricature of Italian-Americans with impunity, and you can continue to ignore the great contributions Italian Americans have made to our society, as when Chirlaine McCray de Blasio ignored the results of a public poll and snubbed the winner, Mother Cabrini. No other ethnic group is so consistently marginalized and belittled so freely as ours.