Cecile Kyenge: Taking on racism by the horns in Italy

Cecile Kyenge

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When she was appointed cabinet minister in Italy, there was a general happiness world over at the strides the country had made. But that joy was short-lived when Cecile Kyenge started receiving racist comments.

As she took her oath of office as cabinet minister, someone wanted her raped. “Why does no one rape her?” the post on Facebook stated. Before she warmed her seat, another branded her a jungle animal. “I love animals – bears and wolves – but when I see her pictures, I cannot but think of the features of an orangutan.” Orangutan is an animal similar to chimps, monkeys and the like.

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