Feel the vibrancy. Experience the cultural enrichment.
Propaganda 101 peddler the BBC strikes again with this ridiculous story of how wonderful diversity and multiculturalism are. While giving five or six words in the story to revealing the truth.
I’ve bolded the only truth in this sh*t story.
The hilltop medieval village of Riace on Italy’s south coast was almost a ghost town 15 years ago. Houses were derelict and the local school was near to closing.
The village was in danger of becoming extinct as residents disappeared to northern Italy, and abroad, for jobs during the economic boom.
Since then Riace has seen a change in its destiny, by openly welcoming a controlled number of migrants, who live and work as part of the community.
This transformation was instigated by the mayor, Domenico Lucano, who set up a scheme, funded by the Italian government, to offer refugees the abandoned apartments and training. It has helped to rebuild both the town’s population and economy.
“I do nothing more than what I think is right for our little community,” says Lucano, who started the pioneering programme in 1998.
“The multiculturalism, the variety of skills and personal stories which people have brought to Riace have revolutionised what was becoming a ghost town.
“There were people without a house here, and there were houses without people here. It’s simple.”
This year, Lucano was named by Fortune magazine as one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders. The honour puts him in the company of names such as Pope Francis, Apple chief Tim Cook and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.
About 450 migrants, drawn from more than 20 countries beyond Europe, are living in Riace – about a quarter of the village’s total population. Inevitably, there are some tensions with locals – yet Lucano has earned enough respect to be serving his third term as mayor.
Some of the children are originally from Ethiopia but have grown up in Riace and speak fluent Italian, in addition to English and their native tongue.
Not all the residents are confident Italian speakers though. Tahira (above) fled Afghanistan and since arriving in Riace has learned embroidery from a resident. She works as an apprentice and is improving her language skills. Her job is part of the European Integration programme for asylum seekers.
“What I hope from this story is to spread a message of humanity, hope and anti-racism to the world,” says Mayor Lucano (below right).
The white mayor is going to be out of a job when his African constituents band together to vote him out and vote themselves gibsmedat courtesy of the Italian government.
Mayor Lucano is either a dummy or a deliberate traitor to Italy.
I can picture him like Mussolini, hanging from a lampost. But the ones stringing him up will be his Africans.