LETTER – ITALIAN AMERICANS WE NEVER TOOK A KNEE

Attached is my letter to the Editor of the ITALIAN TRIBUNE which was published on November 30,2017. I wrote this letter while sitting at my desk in my beautiful law office, eating a sandwich at lunch  , and thinking of the sacrifices made by my Grandparents to afford me this luxury. I’m sure many of you have the same fond memories.

William P. Deni, Sr.
Flemington, NJ 08822
908 782 2900

 

WE NEVER TOOK A KNEE

We came to America, where they laughed and mocked us because we could not
speak English; we never took a knee

We worked long hours in sweatshops, factories, construction; were called names
and harassed; we never took a knee

We attended church every Sunday, but in some churches could only worship in
the basement; we never took a knee

We sent our children to school, and they were scolded for not speaking English at
home; we never took a knee

We were poor but proud, and never asked or received public help from strangers;
we never took a knee

We were told to change our names if we wished to apply for certain jobs or don’t
bother to apply; we never took a knee

When our children were told they could not date their children, and stay away
from their families, we never took a knee

They wrote books and made movies about us, that we were all criminals; we never
took a knee

We fought in America’s wars, and some of us never made it home; we never took
a knee

Today we are among America’s leading doctors, lawyers, educators, business
leaders, and skilled laborers; and we never took a knee

Our struggles led us to achieving the American dream. We are Americans of
Italian descent, we love our country, and we stand proudly at the playing of our National
Anthem.