White up his alley: Italian minister gets a kick out of ...


White up his alley: Italian minister gets a kick out of ‘blackface’

It seems the Black Lives Matter mantra does not resonate as strongly in this predominantly pale nation

Crispian Balmer and Angelo Amante

For Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio it was a bit of harmless, social media fun, for others it highlighted what some say is a national blindness to insidious racism lurking just under the skin of predominantly white Italy.

When Di Maio appeared in Rome last week sporting a strikingly deep sun tan, a wave of memes hit the internet showing his face superimposed onto the bodies of prominent black figures.

At a time when the Black Lives Matter mantra is resonating across much of the world, such imagery would be viewed as an anathema in many countries. But rather than condemn the posts, Di Maio made them his own by putting a selection on Facebook...

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