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.”