Perhaps a kind Italian can aid me in translating the following for our Italian foreros?.... I have two questions about how Italians view their race. Do Italians consider themselves white? I was speaking to my supervisor yesterday about race and how different races get treated in the classroom. My supervisor is a black woman. After talking at length about how "White female teachers get taken advantage of when their student body consists of all black students", she made an interesting comment to me.... She asked me, "What's your descent?" I told her that my father's side was of Sicilian descent. She then responded, "Ohh. Well, you know that we blacks don't really consider you Italians white, right?" This is not the first time I'd heard this. Why don't people consider Italians white? Do Sicilians consider themselves Italian?, or simply Sicilian? My father is of Sicilian descent, and in me, it is (I suppose) apparent to those who meet me. I have often heard that when Sicilians are asked, "Are you Italian?", they respond with, "No, I'm Sicilian." Do Sicilians consider themsevles Italians? Or, is there a divide there? Sorry to bring up a touchy topic, but I'd like to know what people think about this. Thanks in advance, everyone!