The former Secretary of State in charge of social affairs and integration (1991-1993) and the mayor of St. Kuhlitz (located in the town of Finistère) (1989-2001) published some of the racist letters he received during his political career.
Published. “If you want to live with us, you just need to know how to behave. You have eaten all the bread, you have married our wife… Now you still want to rule us, ordering us… is enough. This will always It won’t happen! Dirty nigger bastard, go home!” Kofi Yamgnane has received hundreds of such messages during his political career.
In his work Memories beyond hatred, The former Secretary of State for Social Affairs and Integration (PS) (1991-1993) published some racist letters received and retained by his “Terror Museum”. These letters were poured into the mailbox of the Saint-Coulitz town hall in Finistère.
In 1989, Kofi Chingnaen was elected mayor of this rural town of 350 residents. He then became one of the first black mayors of French metropolises. Its story has attracted journalists from all over the world. He is a native of Togo. He arrived in Brest in 1964 for advanced studies, and married Finistères and naturalized French, which became a symbol of successful integration. Then, the engineer, the socialist followed the authority of the mayor of François Mitterrand, the department, the regional councillor, the deputy minister and the minister. “count”, According to Kofi Yamgnane, he had had the dark part of it until then.
Throughout his career, the Breton tried to ignore the racist comments he heard even in his own party, the letters were covered with feces, the death threats against his children, the complaints filed, but nothing more. More categories. The mid-1990s.
For more than a decade after retiring from political life, Kofi Yamgnane testified in current instructions. The man from the nineties opened his file to heal his wounds, defend his dual Frank-Togo identity, and also remind the French social situation.The latter suffers from racism “Deep-rooted” And threatened to implosion.The author condemns one “Lepenisation” Public debates and political debates leave little room for those who advocate inclusiveness.