Music artiste and founder of the Whitenicious product line, Reprudencia “Dencia” Sonkey has recounted how she almost went to jail in the ancient city when she pepper sprayed an Roman police officer for putting his hands on her in 2013, but for the intervention of the United States Consulate.
Dencia posted a rather lengthy writeup on instagram. Read it below.
Lol the 1st time I wore this outfit was on my birthday in 2013 & I almost went to jail in Rome for pepper spraying a police officer (at the airport) who put his hands on me.Thank God for the U.S. Consulate,they acted so fast & got me outa that airport.Everyday I tell myself I am lucky because there’s a lot of African men & women going through the same thing & these people get away with it,unfortunately 4 them they messed with the wrong person when they tried to be racist.The officer was in the hospital for 3days cuz I emptied the bottle on him,I recorded everything that happen even tho they took my phone & deleted it but I’d emailed everything to my sister.All I asked was a translator so I could just tell these fools that I am not coming to Italy I am transiting to Frankfurt then Cameroon but they were thinking I was trying to sneak into Italy cuz they saw my African passport & didn’t see my US passport smh ..A few hrs later I am in my hotel Room in Rome waiting to catch a flight & I see myself on TV (my videos) with presenter saying I was in jail (I was shocked cuz I was in my hotel room) …Don’t believe everything u see on tv.Not everyone in Italy is Racist not everyone who goes through Europe goes through this but I have experienced first hand racism in Paris,London & Italy & I am not the person to cry foul cuz I fight back So I am not bashing anyone or their country I have dealt with Racism in America in fact last year,I lived in one of the most racist neighborhoods I have ever been to,As a business owner I had to curse everyone so they know not to fuck with me,now they know better than try it so there’s racism everywhere and it gets even worst when u deal with people who think u are more successful than them. #QueenOfMatamba #lionnessOfJudah BeenThruLife #RacismInEuropeIsOnADifferentLevel ..#Africanenergy
Dencia recently started her own brand of energy drink. She calls it African Energy and its set to hit the market soon.