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This Happened—January 20: The Obama Presidency Begins

Barack Obama is inaugurated as 44th President of the United States on this date in 2009, making him the first African-American president.

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What did Barack Obama do before becoming president?

After working as a writer and editor, Barack Obama became a community organizer in Chicago, lectured on constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and then served in the Illinois State Senate and U.S. Senate.

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Obama’s main reforms include the Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as "Obamacare", the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 2010 for LGBTQ+ people working in the military.

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Since leaving office, Obama has remained active in politics, including campaigning for candidates in various American elections. He has also written a book called A Promised Land that was published in 2020.

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When Racism Poisons Italy's Culinary Scene

This is the case of chef Mareme Cisse, a black woman, who was called a slur after a couple found out that she was the one who would be preparing their meal.

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Mareme Cisse in the kitchen of Ginger People&Food

Caterina Suffici


TURIN — Guess who's not coming to dinner. It seems like a scene from the American Deep South during the decades of segregation. But this happened in Italy, in this summer of 2023.

Two Italians, in their sixties, got up from the restaurant table and left (without saying goodbye, as the owner points out), when they declared that they didn't want to eat in a restaurant where the chef was what they called: an 'n-word.'

Racists, poor things. And ignorant, in the sense of not knowing basic facts. They don't realize that we are all made of mixtures, come from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. And that food, of course, are blends of different ingredients and recipes.

The restaurant is called Ginger People&Food, and these visitors from out of town probably didn't understand that either.

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