Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Kyenge's daughter was victim of racist insults

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Rome, June 4 - Congo-born Integration Minister
Cecile Kyenge said that her Italian-born daughters had
experienced more racism in the country than she had.
"I didn't have problems in Italy...though there was some
mistrust on the part of Italians," Kyenge told Chi magazine in
an interview out Wednesday.
But for her two daughters born from her marriage to
Calabrian engineer Domenico Grispino, things have been "worse",
Kyenge said.
"They don't feel 'different' because they have an Italian
father," said Kyenge, giving an example of one incident.
"One day Giulia (one of her two daughters) came home
shocked after being verbally abused by a bus driver who accused
her of being a sneaky foreigner and trying not pay her ticket
when, in fact, it was just that her bus pass wasn't working,"
said Kyenge.
"My dream is to see all people treated equally as
citizens," Kyenge said.
Since her appointment in Premier Enrico Letta's left-right
government, the country's first black minister Kyenge has
suffered racist attacks from the anti-immigrant Northern League
and anonymous bigots.

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