Death Threats Greet Italy’s First Black Minister

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  • ROME (AP) — Italy’s first black Cabinet minister is facing Internet death threats before a visit to a region known for its anti-immigrant political base.

    Cecile Kyenge, a Congolese-born doctor who has lived in Italy since 1983, has been the target of racist diatribes ever since she was named integration minister in April. Last week, a local politician from the xenophobic Northern League party was expelled after she posted on her Facebook page: “Why doesn’t someone rape her (Kyenge), so she can understand what victims of atrocious crimes feel?” She implied that immigrants were responsible for violent crime in Italy.

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