Italy's First Black Cabinet Member Target Of More Inflammatory Remarks


Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s first black cabinet member, was the target of a rape “joke”.

A member of the Northern League, a right-wing party similar to our very own Tea Party, wrote that Kyenge should be raped so she could understand what a recent victim of an attempted rape in Genoa experienced.  Dolores Valandro attempted to apologize for the remark, and called it a “joke”.

“It was a joke in a moment of anger, I apologize. I don’t think when I’m angry. It’s my way to vent. In reality, I am sweeter than candy,” she said during an interview with Italy’s Radio Capital.

Valandro’s “joke” was not without repercussions.  Party secretary Flavio Tosi explained that because of a previous issue that Valandro was suspended for, she would now be expelled.

This isn’t the first time Kyenge, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo,  has been a recipient of violent and racist remarks. She also addressed Valandro’s statement this week, labeling the words “violent language.”

“I don’t want to respond to this violent language because each and everyone of us should feel offended,” Kyenge said during a meeting in Rome, according to La Repubblica. “I speak with a lot of people, and everyone of them have a different way of thinking, everyone can have their own ideology. But I don’t allow anyone to dictate a violent language and behavior.”


  • Anthony

    Damn, you know it’s some deep racism when a woman is telling another woman that she should be raped.

  • BeanBean

    How sad, I hope she continues to succeed.

    “But what of black women?… I most sincerely doubt if any other race of women could have brought its fineness up through so devilish a fire.”
    -W. E. B. Du Bois

  • nerdstradamas

    What a disgusting remark to make. I think it reveals the many devils of Valandro’s mind to consider that a joke.

    I hope Kyenge continues to prevail despite the racism and sexism. I hope she can remain strong.

  • Starla

    She reminds of one of the the Little Rock 9. Only in her case there is nobody else for her to share her pain with. May God grant her the strength to endure the rocky road laid ahead.

    I am very proud of her and wish her all the best in her political career. Hold on Cecile, hold on.

  • Catpopstar

    Stop trying to pass it as a joke once you’re in trouble. Own up to it.

  • stef

    First the Northern League in Italy makes the Tea party look like the girl scouts when it comes to extremism especially when it comes to immigration,

    But i wish Kyenge the best of luck, her and Mario Balotelli are pioneers for millions of black people in Italy and the struggle for equal treatment

  • Fifi-Gongon

    In France, several months ago a mainstream radio station host who is a white woman said that rape, if it really happened (the emphasis was on the “if”) was simply the best thing that could have happened in Nafissatou Diallo’s life, the hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Khan of rape, considering the amount of money that she eventually would earn from it. Enough said…

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