Sister Cities: Minneapolis and Mogadishu

I was born in St. Paul, Minnisota, so it saddens me to see the Twin Cities falling down like the Twin Towers.  How did  “failed states” come about in the USA resembling collapsed social order in places like Somalia? There are differences, of course:  Mogadishu was blown up by Islamist Jihadists, whereas Minniapolis suffers at the hands of “Woke” Jihadists, in the streets and in positions of governance. Otherwise, the disdain for unbelievers looks similar, along with the intent to separate the sheep from the goats, with the latter as the underclass, tolerated as long as they submit and take their punishment.

Anger in Mogadishu after police kill civilian in COVID-19 curfew

Protests in Somalia after fatal shooting of at least one person by police enforcing coronavirus-related restrictions.

There has been growing anger among some residents over alleged abuses by security forces, including beatings while enforcing virus-related restrictions.

Shouts of “No police, no curfew” could be heard as protesters took to the streets and damaged a police landmark at a city roundabout.

The country’s police chief on Saturday fired the commissioner in charge of security in Bondhere district where the shooting took place.

In other Somali news:

10 killed as minibus hits roadside bomb near Mogadishu ( 2 weeks earlier)

Governor killed in suicide bombing claimed by al-Shabab (3 weeks earlier)

Black pain is ours: Minneapolis Somali community rallies over Floyd killing

Somali community, being both Muslim and Black, plays unique role within protest movement

Minneapolis hosts a large Somali-American community, the biggest Somali diaspora group in the United States, according to the American Community survey in 2017.

They began coming to the US as early as the 1980s, but more emigrated in the 1990s to escape a civil war in Somalia.

Somalis began resettling in Minneapolis after securing jobs at meat-packaging plants, and have since opened businesses and established deep roots in the city.

Ali said that the community has since struggled with its identity, as many of the older generation are averse to being considered Black Americans.

Still, most of the younger Somalis who grew up in the US have aligned themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement, especially after witnessing discrimination and racism at the hands of law enforcement, she said.

Being seen as both Black and Muslim, Minneapolis resident Haji Yussuf said, sometimes means facing multiple forms of discrimination.

“Somalis are Black. So, a white cop or a bad cop doesn’t really see a difference. He sees Black, and then when he hears the name, the racism is even more pronounced,” said Yussuf, who ran for Congress before dropping out and endorsing eventual winner Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

Ilhan Omar, the Somali-American congresswoman who represents the district where Floyd was killed, on Friday introduced a resolution alongside Black Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley condemning police brutality, racial profiling and the excessive use of force by law enforcement.

Omar calls for dismantling Minnapolis Police.



via Science Matters

June 15, 2020 at 07:42AM

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