Rome (AFP) Italian international footballer Mario Balotelli has blasted the country’s first black senator, who was elected in Sunday’s general ballot for the far-right, anti-immigrant League party. Balotelli, who was born in Palermo to Ghanaian parents and has played 33 times for Italy, has long been a target for racist abuse. He took to Instagram to target Nigerian-born Tony Iwobi, who was elected in the northern industrial city of Brescia — a major immigration hub. “Maybe I’m blind or maybe they haven’t told him that he’s black yet. Disgrace!” BalotelliRead More
An Italian man of Nigerian origin, who is the chief immigration spokesman for the far-right League party, has been elected as the country's first black senator.Read More
The French city of Orleans has for the first time named a mixed-race teenager to play folk heroine Joan of Arc for annual festivities, prompting a torrent of racist abuse from far-right social media users.Read More
London (AFP) West Brom forward Jay Rodriguez said he would fight to clear his name after being charged by the Football Association on Thursday over an incident involving Brighton’s Gaetan Bong during which he was accused of using racist language. The FA said Rodriguez has been charged with using “abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race”. “Absolutely gutted and in disbelief at the situation I find myself in,” Rodriguez posted on his Twitter feed. “I 100 percent deny the false allegation andRead More
Nairobi (AFP) Africans have reacted angrily after US President Donald Trump reportedly referred to their nations as “shithole countries”, with many accusing the US president of racism and ignorance. The 55-nation African Union condemned the remarks on Friday, while a statement from ambassadors of all countries from the continent at the United Nations demanded a retraction and apology. The African Group of UN ambassadors said it was “extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widelyRead More
Middelburg (South Africa) (AFP) A South African judge on Friday handed down jail terms of 19 and 16 years to two white farmers who filmed themselves forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to burn him alive. Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson, who both shifted nervously in the dock, laid their heads on the bench after their sentencing while female family members wept in the public gallery. “The conduct of the accused was most dehumanising and disgusting,” said judge Segopotje Mphahlele, handing down sentence in the HighRead More
Halle (Saale) (Germany) (AFP) He has been beaten up, received death threats and hundreds of insulting emails, but Karamba Diaby is not one to give up. After winning a seat four years ago as the first African-born black MP in Germany, Diaby, 55, is now seeking re-election. “To all racists: I’m not your negro!” he wrote on Facebook in exasperation after receiving a torrent of vitriol online ahead of the September 24 general elections. “I won’t be intimidated,” the Social Democrat lawmaker said in an interview with AFP, despite notingRead More
London (AFP) British public relations firm Bell Pottinger, accused of stirring racial tension in South Africa, faces administration to save it from collapse, a company source said Friday. “We may well be in administration by Monday,” the source told AFP, in reference to the process whereby a troubled firm calls upon independent expert financial help in a bid to remain operational. In a chaotic week, major clients including banking giant HSBC and telecommunications group TalkTalk have axed ties with Bell Pottinger after it was accused of orchestrating a racially-charged campaignRead More
British public relations firm Bell Pottinger was expelled from a trade body Tuesday over a controversial campaign in South Africa that was found "likely to inflame racial discord".Read More
London (AFP) British public relations firm Bell Pottinger was expelled from a trade body Tuesday over a controversial campaign in South Africa that was found “likely to inflame racial discord”. The decision by the Britain-based Public Relations and Communications Associations (PRCA) comes after Bell Pottinger ran a campaign which included the phrase “white monopoly capital”. The campaign was carried out on behalf of Oakbay Capital, a company run by the wealthy Gupta family, who are accused of wielding undue influence over the South African government. A PRCA committee set upRead More