Spain Welcomes Its First Black Member Of Parliament

cipiyjqwgaatkhzIt wouldn’t be wrong to quote that Spain has arrived, considering that it has created history. So far, like a Spanish school girl once mentioned, their parliament was known to have the white stereotypical male members represent them.

There are several thousands of African, Arab- Middle East immigrants of various races without any representation in parliament. But, one woman, Rita Bosoho changed it all. She is Spanish but the color of her skin is the same as that of an African immigrant. And she now stands as a Member of the Parliament.

To clear out some confusion here are some facts. Rita Bosoho was born in Equatorial Guinea when it was a Spanish colony. She was adopted by a foster family from Spain after losing her parents when she was a child. The family was always on the move thanks to her father who belonged to the armed forces. All through her various schools, and even at home, she was the only black child. Universities had students from various ethnicities and cultures.

She explained that as a child she was exposed to storybooks where there white explorers and black cannibals. She feared her color and her place of origin. But she had fine parents who brought her up with values such as justice and equality. It helped her embrace her color and develop into a beautiful individual. She took up nursing as a profession, became a hospital nurse, volunteered with the underprivileged and minorities of Spain.

About a couple of years back, Rita found herself responding to the ruling party of Spain who were looking for accomplished people from diverse backgrounds/ race/ ethnicities. She later won her seat in parliament making her the first woman to represent ethnic races and minorities.

Today she represents the Latin American, Arab and African ethnic races. As expressed through her own words, she is proud and humbled at the same time and hopes to empower minorities!

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