Diversity’s Blessings: Rival Somali Factions Riot, Ending Minneapolis City Council Convention


by Selwyn Duke, 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.

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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:

Here’s the kicker: “Despite hearing reports of several injuries and fights, Minneapolis police declined to make any arrests, a spokesperson told the Star Tribune,” relates the New York Post.

(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.’”

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