Anonymous hate letters sent to a Senegalese migrant teen living in Italy turns out to have been sent by…herself.
A tale of envy, racism and mystery had the Italian media hooked last May when a series of hate-filled letters sent to the daughter of Senegalese migrants brought about a nationwide conversation about racism and roused high-profile figures such as national politicians to pledge solidarity with the girl. The case received so much attention that it prompted one of the country’s Cabinet ministers to visit her school.
A year on from that whirlwind of publicity, the investigation has concluded quietly with the revelation that the girl made the whole thing up.
La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper, reported that the fourteen year old girl’s father alerted the police after the “model student” received six letters filled with racist slurs. The letters told her that she would never realise her dream of becoming a lawyer because she is black, one going on to say: “You are beautiful but unfortunately you were born dirty. You have to go back to your country with your family unlike me, who is purebred.”