Whether or not Rhode Island in the age of Taveras will embrace the Americanism that connects us — each to the other — remains to be seen. Ethnic politics in Providence and statewide hasn’t historically been about sharing the spoils.

What does seems certain is that a new day has dawned in Providence and probably statewide, and that the ultimatums, biases, demands, and sense of entitlement that animated Italian- and Irish-American political circles for so long will never be as singularly influential as they once were.

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