The Peculiar Politics of Identity and “Lega Nord”


It would seem that immigration and migration in Italy keeps Lega Nord (Lega Nord per l’Indipendenza della Padania) powerful and influential.  This extreme and right wing, xenophobic political party has spewed hateful rhetoric against immigrants in Italy, particularly those from Muslim countries who they believe threatens the “Christian” identity of Italy.   I’ve read about the “immigrant” soap they are marketing, able to wash away the germs if one should be unfortunate enough to come in close contact with one. As well you can credit someone within their ranks for a  video game called “Bounce the Immigrant,” which, unfortunately,  needs no explanation.  This is the ugly mandate of a peculiar “politics of identity.”  Nothing that I could write here about this hateful ideology could explain better than the countless articles on “Lega” as they are popularly called, that about in both the popular literature as well as academic articles.  Suffice it to say that as crazy as their stance seems, it has its adherents—mostly in the North of Italy of course, but that kind of nationalism always breeds an undercurrent of suspicion and hate, that has the potential to fester and explode.  We can blame Lega Nord for Italy’s current immigration policy.   And still, men and women risk their lives’, crammed in boats, afloat in the sea.  Some make it. So many don’t.   And Lega Nord points the finger and laughs.

Above is a picture I took in the Sicily last year. Though the words are misspelled the hatred comes alive.

This quote by Aime Cesaire seems so apt and yet, they are only words, but ones that certainly resonate with me:

And most of all beware, even in thought, of assuming the sterile attitude of the spectator, for life is not a spectacle, a sea of grief is not a proscenium, a man who wails is not a dancing bear. . . “

So true, and yet. . .




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