Diversity’s Blessings: Rival Somali Factions Riot, Ending Minneapolis City Council Convention - The New American
When hearing about rival Somali political factions rioting, one might assume the event occurred in Somalia, where political violence is the norm. But the mayhem in question actually was in Minneapolis, where, increasingly, being Somali is the norm. (Apparently, “Minnesota nice” hasn’t rubbed off.)
Per The Post Millennial:
A riot erupted in Minnesota during Democrat nominations for Minneapolis City Council on Saturday [May 13], which led to no candidate being chosen in Ward 10 after officials were forced to shut down the event over safety concerns.
Somalian supporters of city council candidate Nasri Warsame turned to political violence and reportedly assaulted Minneapolis city council member Aisha Chughtai and her supporters when she took the stage to speak at the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s endorsing convention….
Video shows Warsame supporters forcefully jumping on stage, banging on tables, waving signs, and shouting over both Chughtai and her supporters.
Unable to contain the disruption, convention chairman Sam Doten was forced to adjourn the meeting without a candidate being chosen[,] citing safety reasons, and called the situation a great “embarrassment.”
The event was held at the Ella Baker Global Studies & Humanities Magnet School, a K-8 institution in the Uptown neighborhood.
Reporter Andy Ngo provided video (below) of the fracas and noted that in Somalia, “political violence is routine.”
A longer video of the event follows:
(Yes, well, the assailants weren’t wearing MAGA hats, apparel that apparently signals to law enforcement that the gloves can come off.)
Of course, not holding the guilty responsible signals A) that our two-tiered, politically correct (in)justice system is at work (see: “18 years for J6er, wrist slap for wannabe Nazi assassin”); and B) that the May 13 behavior can continue; that, just as in Somalia, prevailing won’t be the rule of law but of the most powerful lawless.
Raymond Ibrahim, an Arab columnist and expert on Islam and jihadism, added further perspective. He writes of the melee:
Such a scene may be “embarrassing” for the American landscape, but it is also part and parcel of Somali culture. Violence and chaos are precisely how “politics” is done in Somalia, one of the most lawless, war-torn, and tribal nations in the world.
That Somalis felt comfortable enough to enact their culture here in America is connected to the unwavering Rule of Numbers: the more non-Westerners, especially Muslims, grow in the West, the more phenomena endemic to their nations — in this case, a breakdown of law and a rise in thuggery — grow with them.
As such and considering that Somalis make up nearly 20% of the population of Minneapolis, the deplorable display at that recent city council, while embarrassing, should certainly not be surprising.
After mentioning that Al Shabaab (“the youth” in Arabic), an organization pledged to the Islamic State, is prominent in Somalia, Ibrahim provides some inside Islamic baseball.
“By his very appearance — specifically his Salafi beard — the Somali behind all the recent political violence, ‘city council candidate’ Nasri Warsame, certainly seems reminiscent of Somalia’s radical ‘youths,’” he writes. “While few Americans understand this, and likely ‘cringe’ at the very suggestion that how one wears his hair or beard is suggestive of anything internal, every Muslim knows that Muslim men who wear mustacheless beards are signaling themselves as what are called ‘radical Muslims.’”
Anyway, before cringing too much, do note that our federal agencies assume that wearing a MAGA hat or displaying other superficial characteristics is suggestive of much internal; in fact, the whole establishment views people doing so with disdain and suspicion, and may even brand them as possible terrorists.
The point is that while profiling isn’t always applied correctly in the particular, the science of it is absolutely valid in principle — and Ibrahim’s observation should be heeded.
Yet still more can be said here. Though a profoundly evil man, Chinese dictator Mao Zedong said “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun” for good reason:
It is the historical norm, extending back through the mists of time.
In fact, respect for rule of law and the peaceful transfer of power are quintessentially Western qualities. It thus is not surprising that as our Western character wanes, we regress to that violent historical default.
This is why — reflecting Ibrahim’s warning about the growth of the West’s non-Western populations being attended by the increase in destructive phenomena endemic to their native lands — demography is destiny. And this is why, though it’s not visibly discussed in a mature way, formulating (im)migration policy is literally a matter of what kind of country we’ll become.
Now, we hear, of course, the touting of “diversity.” But diversity isn’t good by definition; it’s just diversity by definition. Having cubed beef, tomatoes, peppers, paprika, and salt in goulash is delectable, meal-strengthening diversity; adding sweet vanilla syrup, cookie dough, and anise-flavored liqueur, however, creates a nauseating concoction.
As for people, would we import one million ardent Marxists or Nazis and expect them to adopt Western ideals and representative government? In this vein, are these norms any more likely to be embraced by ardent, Sharia-focused Muslims who (unlike the Marxists and Nazis) are convinced their competing ideas are mandated by God and that not seeking their imposition could mean eternal damnation?
Note here that the Center for Security Policy released a 2015 poll of U.S. Muslims showing that “a majority (51 percent) agreed that ‘Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to shariah.’” In 2013, the Pew Research Center reported that robust majorities in many Muslim nations (e.g., 99 percent in Afghanistan; 91 percent in Iraq) favor making Sharia the law of their land. Note also that, in a phenomenon of “reverse assimilation,” studies indicate that young Muslims in Europe are actually more radical than their elders.
Lastly, note that more Muslims have come to the United States since 9/11 than during our whole history prior to it, and that 85 to 90 percent of our post-1967 (im)migrants have hailed from the Third World. Is this a good, bad, or neutral thing? That we’ve never had a serious national discussion about it is certainly a bad thing.
But, hey, just see, hear, and speak no evil — and eat your vanilla-syrup/cookie-dough/anise-liqueur beef goulash with a smile.