Italy’s first black cabinet minister, Cecile Kyenge, isn’t the only black European politician being subjected to racial taunts. France’s justice minister Christiane Taubira was compared to a monkey on the cover of far-right weekly magazine Minute with the headline, “Crafty as a monkey, Taubira gets her banana back.”
Taubira is a hate figure for some on the right in French politics as she was the minister reponsible for the legalisation of gay marriage earlier this year.
At the end of last month, a group of children attending an anti-Taubira/anti-gay marriage demonstration were filmed chanting “monkey, eat your banana”.
That came shortly after an electoral candidate of the far right National Front (FN) was expelled from her party for writing on her Facebook page that she would prefer to see the minister “swinging from the branches rather than in government”.
The treatment of Taubira has sparked much soul-searching among liberal commentators over whether racism has become widely acceptable in parts of French society. Source: Raw Story
This comes as black TV personality Harry Roselmack spoke out against the alarming resurgence of racism in France. It’s a sad commentary that diversity is suddenly a dirty word to people on the right, no matter which country.