It’s crazy that politicians feel like it’s all good to speak like this in public…
Italian Gov’t To Investigate Racism Targeting African Cabinet Member Cecile Kyenge
Via Voice Of America
The Italian government has ordered an inquiry into alleged racism on right-wing websites after slurs against the country’s first black cabinet minister.
Italy’s new Cabinet was sworn in on Sunday, and Cecile Kyenge took the post as minister of integration.
She is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and moved to Italy three decades ago. She is now an Italian citizen, is married to an Italian and has two children.
But right-wing websites have posted a range of racial slurs against the country’s first black Cabinet member.
A member of one website described Kyenge as a “Congolese Monkey.”
On Wednesday the government ordered an investigation into the websites. The new equal opportunities minister who ordered the inquiry, Josefa Idem, described the comments as “vile racist epithets.”
Comments about Kyenge’s race have not only appeared online.
Speaking on the radio earlier this week, Italian politician Mario Borghezio from the Northern League party referred to the new government as a “bonga bonga government” and said that Africans “had not produced great genes.”
Homie better watch his mouth before he ends up with a poison dart in his neck. The Congo don’t play that.
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