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Tunisia still has much to do to eliminate racism

Racism remains heavily present in Tunisian society, as black people are subject to discrimination on a daily basis.

TUNIS — In an interview with Tunisian Attessia TV on June 7, Tunisian black artist Salah Misbah accused prominent Tunisian artist Lotfi Bouchnak of racism, saying, “On one occasion when the Ministry of Culture honored us, Bouchnak rejected this on the pretext of me being a ‘wasif’ (servant),” referring to his dark skin.

A photo published by the company Nana Tunisie on June 9 caused much controversy on Facebook because it showed the face of a white woman whose face was painted various skin colors. Activists believe this photo is a type of racism in which blackface is used — blackface is considered deeply offensive.

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