Racism in Italy - Cécile Kyenge, Italy’s first black minister and target of increasing racial slurs, had bananas thrown at her while making a speech .. the lady responded coolly that it was ‘a waste of food’.. (more here)
OK, first of all: READ THAT ARTICLE.
Racism in Italy is a very common thing: it is still socially accepted to be openly racist here. There are people who think that you can be legitimately Italian only if you are white. It doesn’t matter if you were born in Italy, and lived every single day of your life in Italy, it doesn’t matter if you have every right to call yourself an Italian: for someone, not white means not Italian.
There are people who think minister Kyenge has no right to represent the country she lives in, because she is black. Every time a random black person commits ANY KIND of crime, they call her out on it, as though it was her personal responsibility. As though she is in charge of how every single black person who lives in Italy behaves. Once, they told her they wished she were raped. They told her she looks like an orangutan.
This woman deals with this kind of shit from the Lega Nord every single day of her life. And I admire her strength, and her ability to always stay calm when racist politicians scream hate in her face. But most of all, I admire the fact that she believes things can get better. I wish she could pass on me some of her optimism, because every day I lose some of my hope.