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Feb 12th

Italy elects its first Black mayor; but she is a member of a right-wing party

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sandycane(Taylor Media Services) A small Italian town has elected the first Black mayor in the country’s history. She is Sandy Cane - the product of an Italian mother and a Black American father who met one another in Italy during World War II. However, what makes Cane especially unique is that she is a member of Lega Nord - a right-wing political party which critics have called racist and xenophobic.

Currently Lega Nord (Northern League) is leading a nationwide campaign to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, especially Africans, into Italy. But Cane says, “It is not racist to be against illegal immigration …” Cane was raised in the United States until age 10 when her parents divorced in 1971. She and her mother returned to Italy. Viggiu, the town that elected her in June, has a population of less than 6,000.

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