Italy’s First Black Minister Has a Banana Thrown at Her While Making a Speech
Posted by addisethiopia on July 28, 2013
Italy’s first black government minister has endured racist insults and ridicule since taking office, but on Friday the harassment grew worse.
Integration minister Cecile Kyenge, who was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was giving a speech when all over a sudden a spectator began hurling bananas at her. None of the bananas hit Kyenge, but news pundits expressed shame at how the far right was representing Italy.
“Another shameful and disgraceful gesture. Solidarity with the Minister Kyenge. Now let’s just isolate the idiots,” said Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno.
Italians on the far right hold anti-immigration views, especially toward Africans. And since Kyenge wants to make it easier for some immigrants to gain citizenship, she has become a lightening rod for racists.
In response to Kyenge’s proposal to allow anyone born in Italy to become a citizen, a far right group left fake mannequins covered in blo0d at the site of a rally in Cervia.
Ms Kyenge released a statement calling the banana throwing incident a “sad” waste of food.
“The courage and optimism to change things has to come above all from the bottom up to reach the institutions,” she continued.
It is not just random banana throwers who have been harassing Kyenge. A parliamentarian compared her to an orangutan earlier this month. Kyenge has remained dignified throughout the onslaught of racist ridicule.
Milan Football Player Walks Off Over Racism
KEVIN CONSTANT is the latest AC Milan player to storm off the pitch in protest at racist abuse.
The Guinean kicked the ball into the crowd after suffering 34 minutes of taunts from the crowd during the Italians’ pre-season friendly with Sassuolo.
The referee confirmed after the match that Constant was not sent off and walked off due to racist chanting.
This is just the latest in a series of racist incidents involving Milan players.
Kevin-Prince Boateng and his team-mates were praised for leaving the pitch during in a friendly in January after abuse from Pro Patria fans.
And Mario Balotelli was hit with a barage of racist abuse from Inter fans during the Milan derby