Italy's first black minister says she has been hurt by racism
ROME (AFP) - Italy's first black cabinet member, Cecile Kyenge, on Tuesday called for an end to racist insults from members of the anti-immigration Northern League party.
People "should debate with ideas, not with insults, even when they have different ideas," Ms Kyenge, who is minister for integration, told reporters.
"These attacks hurt me but also hurt the civil conscience of the majority of this country," said Ms Kyenge, an eye doctor born in the Democratic Republic of Congo who is now an Italian citizen.
Ms Kyenge, 48, has so far played down the onslaught, including being likened to an orangutan by senior party member and Senate deputy speaker Roberto Calderoli.