I am 2nd-generation Italian. I am easily recognized as being Italian, and it’s no open secret. I can speak, read, and write Italian. It is my first language also.
So today at the grocery store, I had an Italia shirt on, and myself and another person (mid-40s white woman) both converged on the express lane at the same time. I only had a gallon of milk. She thought she had me beat and muttered, “■■■■■■■ zip.”
I was shocked. I hadn’t heard that term in years. I almost wanted to ask her if she was from New York, because that’s the last place I encountered that term, namely, in Queens. I live in the Phoenix area, and most of the hate here is directed towards Hispanics. Guess no one’s immune. I can’t say I got bent out of shape or wanted to lash out, I was just stunned someone out here in the desert harbored those feelings.