As Italy’s first black minister, I suffered vile racist abuse. But this poison damages us all

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  • Cécile Kyenge
  • The Guardian

Racial discrimination is now “commonplace” across 12 European countries, and one in three people of African descent has experienced harassment in the past five years, a report this weekfound.

This doesn’t surprise me.

Since my election to the Italian Chamber of Deputies in 2013, I have constantly faced racist abuse. When I became Italy’s minister for integration, as the country’s first black minister, it got worse.

A fellow Italian…

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