black Italy

An Italian senator has been pressured into apologising after he said the country’s first black cabinet minister reminded him of an orangutan.


Roberto Calderoli, from the anti-immigration Northern League, told a rally that the success of Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge encouraged “illegal immigrants” to come to Italy.

Italy’s Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge

Ms Kyenge is an Italian citizen born in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It is the latest in a series of rows over racism in Italy.

“I love animals – bears and wolves, as everyone knows – but when I see the pictures of Kyenge I cannot but think of, even if I’m not saying she is one, the features of an orangutan,”

Mr Calderoli said in a speech to a rally in the northern city of Treviso on Saturday.

He also said Ms Kyenge should be a minister “in her own country”.

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  1. * Ya había visto otra cosa sobre el hombre qui llamo a la mujer un
    “orangutan” pero ese es…un otro nivel de racismo. Que horror!

    La probrecita. Que sea muy fuerte. Que desgracia Italia es de tener la
    gente así en 2013! Se nota que los países que todavía
    tienen un mentalidad tanta primitiva no avanzan para nada y ven sus
    economías que se fracasan.

    No hay ninguna sorpresa allí para mi. Me gustaría ver el mundo en 10 anos. Todo habrá cambiado totalmente te lo juro. Es la vida.
    Y ya veremos como la gente va reaccionar a esos cambios. *

  2. B.W.I.E (™)


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