Twenty-eight year old, Luca Traini, has been arrested after at least six African immigrants were injured in seemingly provoked attacks.

Police stated that he had an Italian flag draped over his shoulders when he was arrested in the street by armed officers. A pistol was found in his nearby car.

Luca was described as an Italian man with a shaved head and runic forehead tattoo. He was captured while performing the fascist salute in front o f monument to the war dead. Many people describe the scene as he was exclusively targeting African-looking people.

Ok, so there's a lot to unpack here, so let me give you all some background.

First of all, according to a few of my friends and various sources online, Italy is particularly white supremacy especially with respect to other European countries. Verona, particular, has quite a bit of White Power graffiti.

Now, I'm sure a lot of you are asking why that is and, well, a lot of it has to do with a fixation many Italians have with Benito Mussolini, though 70 years removed. This fascination has seemed to increase in recent years mainly because of the influx of African migrants into the country. In addition, Italy has about 2 major fascist parties (though illegal) that push eh white power idea.

Verona in particular is a right-wing city and you can find quite a few more folks who subscribe to that way of thinking in that area.

Now my question was simple: Why are people so fascinated with Mussolini? To my knowledge, Italy wasn't worth jack during WWII and couldn't even take any territory without German help. When it became clear that the Allies were going to win, Italy flipped. Being a hardcore nationalist during that time doesn't add up.

From all the research that I can conduct, it seems the reason there's fixation is the same reason there's a fixation with Confederates here in America. It's about the best comparison I can make.

Another interesting tidbit I learned was about the city Macerata where this crime occurred. Macerata is in the Marche region and is also known as the "City of Peace". It's a candidate city for the title of "Capital city of Italian Culture" for 2020. The irony here is just too good not to address.

For those of you who read this and come from a difference experience, I want to highlight how people from different perspectives would look at this. On the one hand, you have a city of peace that's being considered as exemplary and worthy of representing Italian culture. Yet there is so hate present as evidence by this shooting. This quite often that "peace" only applies to certain people and "culture" has a more exclusive definition. What makes something authentically Italian? What's considered beneath the integrity of what it means to be an Italian?

That's all I have for this week!

Justin Smith