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This Happened - February 21: Malcolm X Assassinated

Malcolm X was assassinated on this day in 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, New York City.

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Who was Malcolm X?

Malcolm X was an African American civil rights activist, preacher, writer and speaker. He was a vocal advocate for the rights of black people and a critic of the civil rights movement's emphasis on non-violence.

Who was responsible for Malcolm X's assassination?

Malcolm X was giving a speech at the Audubon Ballroom when he was shot by several gunmen. He was hit with a total of 21 bullets, and died shortly after the attack.

Three members of the Nation of Islam, Thomas Hagan, Norman 3X Butler, and Thomas 15X Johnson were convicted of the assassination of Malcolm X.

What was the impact of Malcolm X's assassination on the civil rights movement?

The assassination of Malcolm X had a profound impact on the civil rights movement. He had been one of the most visible and vocal leaders of the movement, and his death was a significant loss to the cause. His legacy and ideas continue to influence the civil rights movement and other movements for social justice around the world.

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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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