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Aside from the obvious discrimination, in 2002, the Italian government passed a law requiring all non-Italian residents to have their fingerprints recorded as part of the process for applying for residency.

Kyenge’s cabinet does not have a budget, though her main priority is balancing the budget to fix the country’s damaged economy.

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4 thoughts on “Little Known Black History Fact: Cecile Kyenge

  1. Since Dr.Kyenge is being touted as Italy’s first black government minister, it is all too obvious that despite our PBS Frontline website being the most comprehensive on this still otherwise verboten subject of Florentine history, the media remains blissfully ignorant of Alessandro de’ Medici.


    As the first Duke of Florence and, therefore, the first black head of state in modern Western history, he is also the ancestor of at least two Imperial Hapsburg Archdukes and a rather impressive roster of still highly influential European dynastic families.

    From the line of Hubert Salvatore, Archduke of Austria, for instance, the present day Princes of Liechtenstein and those of Baden also descend. Because of how this last example is related to the British Royal Family, which, of course, is the most popularly known to the rest of the world today, perhaps it might help if I pointed out that Prince Philip’s nephew is Prince Maximilian Andreas of Baden whose wife is the Austrian Archduchess, Valerie, Hubert’s daughter.

    It is this genealogical information and the reason, after all, for the obscurity to which Alessandro de’ Medici has been relegated by so many historians that would make his story such an unimaginably important and useful one, not only for you in your capacity as Minister of Integration but for the rest of the world, as well.

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