I'm sure that it has occurred to Chris Cuomo that he is white. I doubt that any professed "color-blindness" prevents him from seeing himself in the mirror.
Italians are white people. Nativist Protestant notions to the contrary died out over a century ago --- though I can kind of understand that to lily-white Northern European Americans in the 1800s, Italians and Greeks would have been viewed much as those same people might view Iranians and Pakistanis today.
My son is about the whitest person who has ever walked the face of God's good earth, pale skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes, he would not be at all out of place walking the streets of Oslo or Reykjavik (gets this from his mother, I'm of darker coloration, when I drive in the summer and get my "farmer's tan", my left arm is darker than the skin of many a mulatto or octoroon), but this being said, I have had the very same "talk" with him that black fathers lament having to have with their sons --- if you're ever pulled over, don't act sneaky, don't be argumentative, and for God's sake, always keep your hands where the police officer can see them. In fact, I told him to do as I would do, if the officer asks to see your license, offer to get out of the car and let him (or her) retrieve your wallet from your pocket while you keep your hands in full view. Wonder how many of these black youths who have gotten shot while they took their hands out of full view would have thought of that?
Sometimes I think they want to create a situation, even if they risk getting shot, to make some kind of point. Next thing you know, they'll be claiming that nighttime and the rotation of the earth are racist, because, you see, when a black person is walking along a road in the dark --- as many of them do --- and are wearing dark clothes, they're almost impossible to see. We see this a lot in the South. At least a white person's face is discernible in low light. I have told my son, if you ever accidentally hit one of them, kiss your life goodbye, you'll lose everything you have, the courts will see to that, wrongful death and that sort of thing.
(My apologies to those who maintain that the earth does not rotate. Either way, night is night.)