NOVOZAVIDOVO, Russia People in this Russian town used to stare at Jean Gregoire Sagbo because they had never seen a black man. Now they say they see in him something equally rare – an honest politician.
Sagbo last month became the first black to be elected to office in Russia.
In a country where racism is entrenched and often violent, Sagbo’s election as one of Novozavidovo’s 10 municipal councilors is a milestone. But among the town’s 10,000 people, the 48-year-old from the West African country of Benin is viewed simply a Russian who cares about his hometown.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Hadn't Thought About That
Sometimes you read a news story, and it sparks a "I never thought about that" reaction. For example, A Russian milestone: 1st black elected to office . I admit, I never thought about race relations in Russia:
The world is certainly becoming more integrated. Call it the "global Obama effect" if you wish.
(found at The Political Carnival)