Popularized in American culture by television drama series ''The Sopranos''.
Anthony Bevilaqua: He's my homey.
Richie Aprile: Your what?
Anthony Bevilaqua: He lives up near me.
Richie Aprile: Well, why didn't you say that? If you want to speak like a fucking mulignan, we'll send you to slip and fall school.
"Melanzana" is the standard italian word for "eggplant" but every region and even every town in the same region has its own dialect form(s).
I wanted to go further and made a little research and here is what I found.
"Melanzana" comes from the low-latin "melangolus" or"merongolus" from the arab "bâdindgiân". It is possible to find the same name in old french "mélangène" even if the current french word for "eggplant" is "aubergine".
As you can see from these examples, all the words are similar. We can assume that the AE word "mulignan"
was imported to the US by italian immigrants coming from a southern region but nothing tells us if it was Sicily or Napoli.
I hope this helped.
"mulingiana", "milinciana" Sicilia
However, it must not be strictly a racial slur, although I learned it as such.
The comic song, Pepino the Mouse, by Lou Monte, uses this word to describe Pepino. I doubt if Monte would have used it if it were only a racial slur. There must be some alternative meaning.
Lou Monte sang in the Calabrian, Neapolitian and Sicilian dialects.
Some Guy With Sense: What the hell are you talking about? Stop saying "mooley", you asshole. You're not even Italian, you're white. And even if you were Italian, it be even more ignorant to be rascist towards blacks, considering Italians aren't white and are closely related to blacks. Italians and blacks should be brothers.