Prendere fischi per fiaschi means confusing one thing for another, a phenomenon frequently rooted in listening with specific expectations in mind, or not really listening at all. Today, our theories and aspirations seek transformation from the eloquence of what could be into a practice that fosters stamina in combatting racial injustice and historically cemented imbalance. Our individual relationships to precarity exacerbate a longstanding call to recalibrate values and to reconsider the role of our education systems in advocating for equity. Acknowledging defective social underpinnings nourishes alternative forms of pedagogy, but awareness alone is sadly not enough. We need not a reorientation around Blackness and its relationship with “Italianness”, but a deorientation and disruption of the values framing our interactions, art historical canons and leaders. We must appreciate our own positions in anti-racist activism in their most basic form: accountability.