Outrage as Bananas Thrown at Italy’s First Black Minister

Hannah Strange, Telegraph (London), July 27, 2013

Italy has seen an outpouring of disgust after a spectator at a party rally threw bananas at the country’s first black minister, who has suffered an onslaught of racist slurs since taking office in April.

Integration minister Cecile Kyenge, who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was making a speech at the Friday rally when a member of the audience began to launch the pieces of fruit towards her. The bananas missed the podium where she was speaking but the incident drew a deluge of condemnation in the media, where politicians and commentators lamented the shame brought on the country by the actions of the far-right.

“Another shameful and disgraceful gesture. Solidarity with the Minister Kyenge. Now let’s just isolate the idiots,” said Gianni Alemanno, former mayor of Rome.

“I am ashamed to share the country with people like this,” wrote one Twitter user, Eugenio Iannelli, reflecting the dismay of many on the social media network.

The treatment of Ms Kyenge has thrown a spotlight on the ugly racist currents running through some strands of society in Italy, a country grappling with tensions over rising levels of immigration, particularly from North Africa.

Since her appointment in April she has suffered a campaign of harassment from far-right groups angered by her campaign to make it easier for immigrants to gain Italian citizenship.

Shortly before Friday’s incident, members of the right-wing Forza Nuova group left mannequins covered in fake blood at the site of the rally in Cervia, central Italy, in protest against Ms Kyenge’s proposal to make anyone born on Italian soil a citizen.

“Immigration kills,” was written on leaflets left with the dummies – a slogan Forza Nuova has previously used to highlight murders committed by immigrants in Italy.

Ms Kyenge, who has largely maintained a dignified silence in the face of the abuse, issued a restrained condemnation of the act, calling it “sad” and a waste of food, considering the economic crisis.

“The courage and optimism to change things has to come above all from the bottom up to reach the institutions,” she added.

The insults directed at Ms Kyenge since she took office have frequently come from other politicians. Earlier this month a senior parliamentarian in the anti-immigration Northern League party likened her to an orangutan and only apologised after a storm of criticism.

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  • Puggg

    Gotta love those Italians. Too bad all I find in my ethnic lineage is Ukranian and Scottish.

    • I’ll bet you’re rather strong. Ukranians tend to run a bit big; my best friend is Urkranian and Scots-Irish and literally built like a gorilla.

      • Puggg

        Above average though not exceptionally so in both height and raw physical strength I am. It comes in handy in my job, and I won’t say so publicly exactly what I do. I will hint around and say that knowing what I do for a living and given your own life history which you’ve admitted right here on AmRen, I will say that you and I could have been adversaries.

        • So you’re a big cop. It’s OK.

          • Puggg

            That’s not quite the answer, but you’re getting warmer.

        • Irishgirl

          K9 cop?

          • Puggg

            I’m a pug, not a doberman. Which, btw, were bred in Germany to aid the work of tax collectors.

          • It doesn’t really matter. I’ve been forcibly retired from prosecutable misbehavior, and even that only centered on my ex-father, who appears to have finally croaked.

            Do you remember that article in The Onion some years ago about the massive pug recall?

          • Puggg

            I printed it out and framed each page, and hung all the frames on my wall. When my pugnacious brood starts misbehaving, I take the first page’s frame off the wall and show it to them.

            http://www.theonion.com/articles/dog-breeders-issue-massive-recall-of-07-pugs,2206/

        • Romulus

          Gotcha! (conspiratorial wink)

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Got me some Neanderthal DNA myself, lol. Scots, Swede, English, French…an injun way back on one side, a Sephardic Jewess way back on the other. 6’3″, 240, not much fat.

        Was always the White kid others got behind in the old days when the blacks started bash mobbing before it was called that.

        Nonetheless I have a good ol boy buddy of German/Scots/Irish extraction whose arms are probably as strong as my legs. Seriously, guy has the Neanderthal build even more than I, unnatural strength. Funny guy – always plays the big dumb redneck then corrects you when you when you wrongly attribute a philosophical quote. I’ll always remember a coffee shop moment years ago when he corrected a retired universtty prof with his deep, slow, rumbling redneck accent…

        “Nah. That’s Kierkegaard, not Sartres. Check yerself.”

        And the Neanderthal was right.

        • Rednecks aren’t stupid. Sometimes stereotypes are spot-on, but whites are too varied for stereotypes to be much use. One of my old bosses grew up in a lumberjack camp in upper peninsula Michigan, and spoke Gaelic with his mother. He did pretty much every legal job at one time or another, including being a loss-prevention detective for a trucking company, and eventually wound up in the microelectronics industry as an engineer. I miss Larry.

          I used to like fighting, and my FBI file says I’m an ex-mercenary on the Terrorist Watch List. I loved land mines and later collected guns and case-formed and reloaded for them. I also like Imari porcelain and Irish harp music. Real Imari is breathtakingly beautiful. I like being organized, but I’m not very good at it, so I keep my wife happy by turning out decorative wooden storage boxes for things that go together. Subcompartmented, lift-out trays, and so-on. I covered the first one with an antique-looking paisley gift-wrap paper, but the paper distorted when wet with wood glue, making smoothing it a painstaking process, so since then I have used cloth I buy at the ARC thrift store and fasten that down with urethane spar varnish. Sayaka hijacked some of that cloth I bought (paisley again) and made herself a nice blouse with it. It looks great on her.

          My original training was as a laboratory chemist, but I like woodworking, machining and welding since I can’t shoot rifles anymore. Even my ex-father once quipped that I was a rifleman who paid the bills by working as a chemist.

          Whites are complex people. I wrote things down while I was locked up, and I still write in those notebooks, but there are things I not only never write nor say, but don’t even let myself think. I call this “second-degree self-censorship”. A third degree of this doctrine would prevent me from admitting that I am doing this and just keep it a secret. I am unsure what a fourth degree would entail, but once you get into your whiteness and really try to understand that, it becomes complicated.

      • T_Losan

        That’s racist. Oh, he’s white? Never mind.

    • Triarius

      100% Sicilian with a famous last name. Wtt some Ukraine. Pm if interested, lol.

    • Romulus

      Nothing wrong with that!

  • Luca

    Throwing fruit and vegetables at speakers is a time-honored tradition steeped in healthy dissent and free speech. Any effort on the part of the Leftist-controlled media to make this a racial issue is simply pure hogwash.

    Besides, she’s lucky they weren’t throwing watermelons.

  • Spartacus

    “…where politicians and commentators lamented the shame brought on the country by the actions of the far-right.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Tis no shame – The guy who threw the banana is the reason why the Bunga-Bunga Republic still has some respect from me .

  • kjh64

    I disagree with this totally. It is rude to throw bananas or something at her or anyone. The problem is those that elected or appointed her, they never should have. I agree that she should be back in her own country and not trying to change Italy.

    • IstvanIN

      In a normal world I would agree with you, but she is Congolese and I bet the Italian people were not consulted anymore than we were on giving their nation away to her and her ilk. Maybe throwing tomatoes would have been less racist.

      • Tilt-O-Whirl

        Yes, but there is a proper way of fighting in expelling them; they in return make it more difficult to convince other Europeans of our views.

  • David Ashton

    What we need from Ulster to Ukraine, Portugal to Poland, Alaska to Australia, is not childhood insult or counterproductive violence, but a co-ordinated programme of legitimate self-defense that will cause a political revolution in our parliaments.

  • Pax Romana

    “Italy has seen an outpouring of disgust after a spectator at a party rally threw bananas at the country’s first black minister,….”

    “Integration minister Cecile Kyenge, who was born in the Democratic Republic of
    Congo, was making a speech at the Friday rally when a member of the
    audience began to launch the pieces of fruit towards her. The bananas
    missed the podium where she was speaking but the incident drew a deluge
    of condemnation in the media, where politicians and commentators
    lamented the shame brought on the country by the actions of the
    far-right.”

    “Another shameful and disgraceful gesture. Solidarity with the Minister Kyenge. Now let’s just isolate the idiots,” said Gianni Alemanno, former mayor of Rome.

    “I am ashamed to share the country with people like this,” wrote one Twitter
    user, Eugenio Iannelli, reflecting the dismay of many on the social
    media network.The treatment of Ms Kyenge has thrown a spotlight on the ugly racist currents running through some strands of society in Italy,…”

    This story was made for the multiculists that infest only white nations. It’s a propaganda piece.

    Don’t put it past these same anti-white multicultists of planting the “Banana Thrower” in the audience, to feed the “guilt and sympathy” that the Left has been using to destroy White Western Civilization. Like the Communists and Nazis, they are master propagandists and social manipulators, and they have a more than willing partner in the MSM to spread their propaganda.

    The engineered results hoped for by of this article are:

    “Oh how awful! Hay, let’s show those mean nasty evil white Italian racist….we’ll vote MORE non-white, non-Italians, into high office!…..Open the borders, let those poor victimized black Africans in!”

    ______________________

    “We are going to impose our agenda on the coverage, by dealing with issues and subjects that we choose to deal with.” – Richard Cohen, Senior Producer, CBS Political News

  • I can only imagine what would happen to me if I did this at a Chicago Teachers Union or SEIU rally. And I would be the one guilty of a crime.

    • willbest

      Karen Lewis doesn’t eat bananas, you would be better off throwing buckets of krill and other crustacean

  • dd121

    Seems we’re not the only ones with a low opinion of the bantu.

  • First of all, the Italians have no need for a Congolese woman trying to tell them how to run a country. Isn’t that like a 10th grade drop out, who failed math, being hired as a 12th grade math teacher?

    • Congolese woman? Just look at what a fine job they are doing in the Congo.

    • Sick of it

      They hired her as an integration minister no less. Considering the horribly violent history of the Congo, that’s not a very bright idea.

    • JDInSanDiego

      No, it’s worse. It’s more like hiring a backward 3rd worlder who has no history or culture to tell members of a highly advanced, world renowned, 2500 year old civilization that has made constant contributions to invention, science, art, architecture, literature, engineering, cuisine, astronomy and physics how to act.

    • Magician

      It is more like a baseball player being hired to coach the girls’ volleyball team. Completely irrelevant person. Cecile Kyenge might possibly be gentle, caring and educated, but I do agree that the highest positions of a country’s government should be occupied by indigenous people of the country. However, throwing bananas appears a bit silly and uncivilized.

  • Defiant White

    QUOTE: The bananas missed the podium where she was speaking but the incident drew a deluge of condemnation in the media, where politicians and commentators lamented the shame brought on the country by the actions of the far-right.
    Seriously? What “shame?” Most people think it’s hilarious and timely.

    • T_Losan

      Also, “Italy has seen an outpouring of disgust.” Actually no…no it hasn’t. No one here in Italy is talking about this and the people who do would probably laugh about it. Kyenge is an alien trying to force alien ideas such as birthright citizenship on Italians. Only the U.S. and Canada are the developed countries still dumb enough to allow this obvious incentive to game the system.

  • Spartacus

    “Earlier this month a senior parliamentarian in the anti-immigration
    Northern League party likened her to an orangutan and only apologised
    after a storm of criticism.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    I do hope the apology was towards the orangutan…

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      Ah, Sparty, you beat me to it!

      • Spartacus

        Let me take a guess – the uprising starts after a watermelon shortage , right ?

        • ShermanTMcCoy

          Or when the Gibsmedat (EBT) cards stop working.

  • Sick of it

    Maybe it’s time for Italy to split into Padania and Greater Sicily respectively.

  • MBlanc46

    It seems to be that there’s plenty of grounds to debate the need for an Integration Minister. Throwing bananas at her was childish and just focuses attention away from the real issues.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    The treatment of Ms Kyenge has thrown a spotlight on the ugly racist currents running through some strands of society in Italy

    It’s always “ugly” and “racist” when whites do something like throw bananas at a black, but never when blacks sucker punch whites on the street, riot, rape white women vastly disproportionately to their numbers, engage in flash mobs, etc., etc., etc.

  • sbuffalonative

    While I share their frustration and anger, I just find this stuff counter productive. It makes Conservatives look bad by feeding stereotypes and giving fodder to our enemies.

  • italian guy

    I don’t know if this is set up or not, but i can safely tell you that there is a strange “feeling” in the air, i literally see rage building up everyday… this woman was not elected, she was put in office by Enrico Letta, the actual prime minister that wasn’t elected by the people either. Anyway she isn’t even trying to conceal her intentions, her actions (she goes around Italy with bodyguards at the expenses of us taxpayers [she get constantly insulted when she is around too], to give honorary citizenship to the children of immigrants, only non-whites of course) and her words are always clear: she is an immigrant and wants to overtake the country with her fellow Africans by mass immigration! she even threatened a mayor of a little city that built something like huge nets to protect the tourists from African beggars and other non-whites that sell useless stuff, saying something like “when immigrants will have the right to vote, you will see…” I’m not making this up (i would link it to you, but i guess it’s useless if you don’t speak Italian).
    It’s getting crazy really, maybe this was a huge own-goal for the multicultural-tards, they expected people to stay silent and instead they found out that their politics can only be imposed, since no one likes them.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    Throwing bananas has a long tradition here in Europe. Always keep some handy!

  • Caucasoid88

    I’m surprised she didn’t catch the bananas in her mouth and swallow them whole.

  • Harry Largo

    Since being appointed only 3 months ago she has dedicated herself to waging war on Italy’s sovereignty, culture and security by using her position to lobby for a loosening of immigration laws and and an enactment of birthright citizenship.

    The Italians shouldn’t be lobbing fruit at her, they should be lobbing grenades.

  • HJ11

    Did she throw feces back at the audience?

    • Spartacus

      That would’ve been a sad waste of feces…

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      My God, that’s such a perfect response, I am almost speechless at your wit!

  • jeffaral

    I would have trown a big watermelon: it would have broken her neck.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Yes someone should have had a catapult to fire chickens and watermelon at 10 second intervals while yelling out no peace no justice.

  • T_Losan

    You have no idea the problems this scene has caused due to doofuses who see it and all of a sudden are experts on Italian genealogy.

    • John Smith

      I can only imagine. I suppose they are asserting that Africans founded Italy like they founded Egypt, etc…

  • MBlanc46

    I would say that the real question is why an economic basket case such as Italy, with high unemployment, should be having immigrants at all. As you frame it, if the Integration minister had an Italian pedigree, everything would be just fine.