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The Racism in Italy – It’s Not Just Spain

27 Jul

 

Italy Integration minister Cecile Kyenge, who was born in Democratic Republic of Congo

 

Wherever you have a “right wing” – You have racism. In this, the US is no different from Europe.

Bananas Thrown At Black Italian Minister, Cecile Kyenge, During Speech

Italy’s first black minister, a target of racist slurs since her appointment in April, has condemned a spectator who threw bananas towards her while she was making a speech at a party rally.

Integration minister Cecile Kyenge, who was born in Democratic Republic of Congo, has angered far-right groups with her campaign to make it easier for immigrants to gain Italian citizenship.

Shortly before the incident on Friday, members of the right-wing Forza Nuova group left mannequins covered in fake blood at the site of the rally in Cervia, central Italy, in protest against Kyenge’s proposal to make anyone born on Italian soil a citizen.

“Immigration kills,” was written on leaflets accompanying the dummies – a slogan Forza Nuova has previously used when referring to murders committed by immigrants in Italy.

Although the bananas missed the stage where Kyenge was speaking, she responded to the gesture on Twitter, calling it “sad” and a waste of food, considering the economic crisis.

“The courage and optimism to change things has to come above all from the bottom up to reach the institutions,” she added.

Kyenge has faced regular insults since becoming minister, often from other politicians. Earlier this month a senior parliamentarian in the anti-immigration Northern League party likened her to an orangutan and only apologised after a storm of criticism.

 

 
2 Comments

Posted by on July 27, 2013 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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2 responses to “The Racism in Italy – It’s Not Just Spain

  1. applesauce80

    July 28, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    *vomits* Thanks for posting this. I wonder if there is a way to love your nation and all that it stands for, without becoming a radical nationalist or xenophobic? On the other hand, in a more critical and important question: Is peoples disdain for immigrants a type of “warning” sign that globalization isn’t as good as it seems? That countries, languages, practices, food etc. should be preserved? Blaah. I dunno. I personally hate aspects of globalization that bulldoze villages, tear up traditional languages etc.

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