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This Happened — April 27: First Democratic Election In South Africa

South African citizens of all races were allowed to vote in a general election for the first time on April 27, 1994. This was the first democratic election in South Africa after the end of the apartheid system.

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What led to the end of apartheid in South Africa?

The end of apartheid in South Africa was the result of a long struggle against the system of institutionalized racial segregation and discrimination. The anti-apartheid movement was led by Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC), among other groups. International pressure and sanctions against South Africa also played a significant role in ending apartheid.

Who was eligible to vote in the 1994 South African election?

In the 1994 South African election, all South African citizens who were 18 years or older, regardless of race, were eligible to vote. This was a significant departure from previous elections, which were restricted to White South Africans only.

What impact did the 1994 South African election have on the country?

The 1994 South African election marked a significant turning point in the country's history. It ended decades of apartheid and ushered in a new era of democracy and equality, with Nelson Mandela to serve as the first Black President. The election helped to heal the deep wounds caused by apartheid and set the stage for the country's future development and growth.

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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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