ITALY VS USA | NORTH VS SOUTH PT 1 (KINDNESS, RELIGION & RACISM)

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Hey youtube and welcome back to my
Channel. Today I want to talk about north and south. But I want to do it in a
different way. I want to do north and south of italy vs north and
south of america. The common complaint i get is: ” Tia but you live in the North and the
South it’s a completely different world you can’t say one thing about Milan and
say that it applies to every where in Italy.” It is true. There is a north-south
divide Italy, economically, culturally, the north and south of Italy are very
different. But you guys have to understand that from an outsider’s
perspective a lot of things while they are at different levels between the
North and South they’re still the same coming from an American perspective like,
for example when I talked about customer service and I say that customer service,
in Italy, is, you know, not as warm and friendly as customer service in America,
that really speaks to north and south. I mean, maybe in the South people are more
warm and friendly but, I mean, I’ve been to restaurants in Rome I’ve been to shopping malls in Rimini…
Ok, it’s fair enough to say that I’ve never been to Naples, I’ve never been to
Puglia but i will be, one day, don’t worry you guys, I do plan on going down there. I’ve been to quite a few places in Italy:
I’ve been to Florence, I’ve been to Venice I’ve been to Turin, I’ve been to Ancona, I’ve been to Fano obviously, I’ve been to Bologna, I’ve been to Rome. What else : I’ve been to Gubbio, a little
bit random but I’ve been there, I’ve been I’ve been around a little bit so I also
don’t think it’s fair for you guys to say I’m just making all of my
experiences based off of Milan I mean I’ve been around Italy and i
still think that customer service in US, in general, is more nice and welcoming
than customer service in Italy I can also say that I do think that at
times are much more hospitable in general compared to Americans. Yes, I know, that
people in the north are known to be less hospitable and more cold than people
in the South but, to be honest, people in Milan aren’t cold to, me because I come
from New England which is known as being the mean pretentious part of America and people
from Milan have no idea. In general I would say that Italians, as a whole, are
warmer than Americans as a whole, even though I completely acknowledge the
fact that, probably, milanesi aren’t as nice as napoletani. I understand
the north-south differences. But what came as a surprise to me is the more that
I live in italy and the more that I learn about the north-south divide the
more interesting it is because we have a very similar divided in America. Any
stereotype that they have in Italy for North and South it’s exactly the same
stereotype in America: in the North people are colder, people are meaner , people
are more in a rush, the north is more industrialized, the north
is more pretentious the North thinks they’re better than everybody and us
northerners think that people from the South are uneducated, overly
religious, poor or rural. So I just wanted to go down a list of categories kind of and
compare north and south of Italy, talk about the differences, talk about the
similarities, with the United States. Talk about the differences and similarities
and then give you guys my overall idea of which country is more or less in said
category I don’t know if I explain myself well
but we’re going to do it. Ok so the first thing that I’m going to talk about is
hospitality and general kindness. In Italy, what is said is that people in the
north are less kind and less hospitable than people from the south. The farthest south I’ve been in Rome but the farthest south and actually stayed in for an extended
period of time is obviously Fano. People in fondo are quite nice. Yeah, they’re
really hospitable, everybody will talk to you Ok, in my last video I said that in America
people are more likely to go on the street and approach people and talk to
them and blah blah blah I wasn’t saying that in Italy they never
do that because I guess that’s what they were saying in the south that’s completely normal. Here’s what I
mean when I say go up and approach people. Go up to a random person and tell
them you like their shirt just because we like they’re shirt. “Hi, I hope you’re having a good day today”
just because you hope they’re havin a good day today I can honestly say that that is
something that is done all throughout America it’s just an American thing even in New York. I’ve been to New York, I
family in New York, I’ve stayed in New York. Even in New York random people would come
up to you, start conversations, complement you, do this that and the third.
Even in New England, even in Connecticut which is the most pretentious and snobby
place, we do it as well I mean even if we’re not always genuine
about it. In Italy I’ve never been approached like that and
it’s not to say that Italians aren’t nice because just because somebody approaches
you and tells you randomly that your hair looks good today doesn’t mean that
they’re nice. A milanese might not go up and say hi to every
single person that they meet on the street but that doesn’t mean that
they’re mean some of my best friends are from Milan and they are so nice. The level
of hospitality in Italy, the general level, is to treat everybody like they’re
your family: if somebody needs something Italians will be more prone to let you come
in their house, stay with you, help you out as much as
they can. While in America it’s more on a superficial level. We like to treat our
fellow Americans, our fellow people that we see around, with a general niceness
but hospitality wise its more on a level of how much do I know you. The only
place in south of America that I’ve been to is it Atlanta, I’m going to Texas in two
weeks people were very nice, but, I still think
the people in Italy are more nice Actually Americans in general are quite
nice the only part of America that is known for being assholes is New
England and by New England I don’t mean New York. New York New
Yorkers are known for being on the rush and being bad drivers but New Englanders
are known for being pretentious and as a New Englander i can say that
that stereotype is well earned because we do have the best school
system in the country and because of that we feel entitled to say our
opinions are right because we’re smart, we’re well-educated, our beliefs are right
because we’re smart we’re well educated we’re better than everybody else because
we’re smart and well educated not true at all that belief but that’s how a lot of New
Englanders think. The standard of living is higher in New England, the salaries and
wages are higher in the North versus the south and so there’s also that
pretentiousness that just comes from being generally well off. If I’m judging
from New England I’d say New Englanders are definitely
meaner than North Italians and if we’re judging from south, I mean i haven’t been
to the south I don’t know as many Americans from the
South United States to really judge but i know that my Italian friends from the
south of Italy super duper nice like super duper nice I don’t even know if I explain myself
very well on that point but i think i’m going to give niceness to Italians in
general. People from the south of the United States are nicer than people from
the north of Italy but for sure the meanest of the bunch are new englanders. Religion I thought,
before I moved to Italy, that I could easily say that Italians are more
religious than Americans I mean it is the home of the Vatican, it
is the home of catholicism but after living there for a while, I
don’t know if I can really say that amymore. After seeing things coming about in our
current election year in America I don’t know if i can say that Americans
have really understood the concept of separating church and state, understood
the concept of not imposing their beliefs on other people, I don’t think
we’ve understood the concept really of freedom of religion in america, but
whatevs we both have the stereotype that the south is more religious than the
north I feel like Milan is the most unreligious place in Italy to be. Most of my friends are atheists or Catholics
that don’t really practice Catholicism also you see a huge difference in the
younger generation versus the older generation. I think younger Italians are
for the most part a lot less religious than older Italian especially younger
Italians in the north. In America we’re quite religious, especially in the
south. You can just turn on the TV and see it. There are places in America where
they still teach creationism instead of evolution. They still teach
abstinence-only sexual education versus actual sexual education. We have a place
called the bible belt and I think that it’s rightfully earned its name there’s a lot of issues in America that
other countries don’t really talk about anymore that we still have issues with.
I mean, we’re still having a debate on whether abortion should be legal or not.
I mean, i’m not saying that Italy is the best in this either because for example abortion is legal in Italy but there’s
this loophole that says doctors don’t have to perform abortions if they feel
like it’s not right to them if it’s that doesn’t line up with their beliefs and
apparently 90% of the doctors in Italy use this loophole and actually
won’t perform abortions so it’s not as simple as to say that in
Italy they don’t have any problems with religion of course, you know, the whole
gay rights movement here Italy just passed civil unions the
other day not even gay marriage, but civil unions.
So the religion still has a big grip on Italian politics but I really do feel
like the people in general aren’t that religious. If they put a referendum out
tomorrow to ask for gay marriage I really do feel like most times would
say they don’t care it’s not their business but that’s just my impression wait wait i just found some info here it
says… I just googled what percentage of Italians are religious, and like, the
first thing that comes up is according to a 2006 search made by eurispes (?), an italian research center, it says the Catholics makeup 87.8% of the population, almost 90% of the population, makes sense.
But only 36.8% of those described themselves as actual
observants I mean, that makes sense to me because,
like I said, everybody’s a Catholic here, everybody is a Catholic in Italy but i
don’t see so many people like going to church regularly but… I found some
information for US too. It says the majority of americans identify as
Christians with 70 .6% of the population identifying themselves
Christians and that was done by the (?) research center which is a very, like, esteemed research center here in America roughly 36% of americans
say that they attend church regularly so it’s kind of the same as the italian one.
So i don’t know, i mean, my personal impression from an outside perspective
is: I feel like Italians and Europeans in general on most social issues whether
it be abortion or on gay marriage ( ok, maybe not Italians
there) but Europeans in general are much more open minded than Americans are and
American excuses, the American excuse for being closed-minded is always
religion Racism this is fun, this one will be fun. it’s
funny because in Italy the North… People from the North think that people from the
South are more racist and people from the South think that people from the north
or more racist I get this from my friends and i also
get it from you guys’s comments. It’s so funny to go on videos where one person
will be like “Io sono del sud e io devo dire bla bla …” and then somebody from the north will say the exact same thing. “Da noi …”
and it’s it’s the same thing Italians (?) they’re so different
but i don’t know if you guys really are in racism like I said, I’ve never been to the
deep south of Italy to be able to judge i would imagine that they have maybe
more problems because there are more migrants there, there are more black
migrants in the south than in the… poor black migrants in the south, i should say,
then in the north I think that most of the black migrants in the north are more
integrated. They just maybe express themselves differently but in like
Fano, for example, I don’t know if you call this race is on but people stare at me in Fano. When me
and Enrico are walking when I’m walking by myself people will stare at me and
not just like the kind of staring you can ignore but the kind of staring like
wide-eyed for more than 10 seconds like 30 seconds of just staring at me like I
will walk by them and look back and they’re still staring at me or they’ll
pass me and they’ll literally turn their head to continue staring at me. Like I
get it, there’s not that many black people in Fano but seriously… seriously,
you own a TV have you ever seen Beyoncé? black people
exist and we’re not this mythical unicorn creature I don’t know if that’s racism or if it’s
just like ignorance of never seeing a black person before in their lives which
is… That’s not even true because Fano is like 15 minutes away from Senigaglia and Senigaglia is full of black people so… I don’t know. For sure in, like Fano,
and those places, the smaller towns, I can feel my blackness and in
Milan I cannot. I don’t. I think that for example the north of Italy is more
racist because they have lega Nord. Lega Nord is like this… it started out
as this separatist’s party they wanted to like separate some of the northern
regions, “padania”, from the rest of italy and they’re really like strong against
immigration and stuff like that. They, I mean, they
said racist things before, they have, but i think that the things that they say
aren’t any worse than the things that our far-right party says. In general I would
say that Italians north and south aren’t really so black white racist as much as
they are xenophobic like I said most of my videos and I feel like they’re…
Italians in general are less racist than Americans. Now let’s get to America this opens a whole (?) because we
have this stereotype that in the South people are more racist than in the north because in the South there was slavery
obviously. I think this is incorrect I think that people in the north are just as
racist as people in the south are we just have different ways of manifesting…
this racism just manifest itself in different ways: in the South maybe people
are more reckless with the things that they’ll say, like: one of my teachers said
he went to, I think, Georgia at this white lady was talking to this person about
the Civil War and she said something about like “oh the South didn’t really
lose” or something around the lines like that that people in the south like to say and
my teacher was just like “are you sure about that?” and my teacher is black and she was like
“yeah but remember, remember boy you’re in Georgia now” so because you’re
in Georgia you won the Civil War? in Giorgia there’s
this one set of events that happened in history and that’s different than
everywhere else? I don’t know maybe they’re more outward
of it but in the North you can see a lot of like subliminal racism a lot of
economic races there’s still a lot of self-segregation. I think the
problem is since the North refuses to acknowledge the fact that there… they can
be and many times are racist and thery are still systems in the north that are
systematically races since the North has this idea that they’re “so liberal” and “so
forward thinking” that these things just fly over their head and they don’t improve them, they don’t
try to improve them because they don’t think that there’s a problem, when in
reality there is. I think that the North and the South of America are equally as
racist – just manifest itself in different ways and that America in
general is more racist than Italy

 

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