By Dana Sanchez
In Tunisia, where 10-to-15 percent of the 11.5 million population unofficially identifies as Black but few are represented in politics or media, the parliament voted to criminalize racial discrimination — a vote hailed by activists as historic in the North African country.
The law will make Tunisia the first Arab country, and the second in Africa after South Africa, to make racial discrimination illegal.
However, some activists say the law doesn’t go far enough, Al Jazeera reported.
“The law will not change anything. We need a cultural revolution,” said Hamza Ben Achour, a Black Tunisian music artist whose rap song “Kahlouch” caused an uproar in 2015. The song explored how Black Tunisians are treated as second-class citizens. In its wake, many Tunisians denied there was a racism problem, and accused the artist of “inciting civil strife; of being sick; of being selfish”, he said.
The Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination Act, passed almost unanimously by the Tunisian parliament on Oct. 9, is an important step forward in defending the rights of Black Tunisians and the country’s 60,000 sub-Saharan African immigrants, Brookings reported:
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