Clearly this is a problem that only can be solved with more Somali settlers moving out of the Midwest and into coastal states. And then Americans can finally experience Somali piracy without going anywhere near Africa.
These people are not Americans. They have no interest in being Americans. They’re sponging off America while sympathizing with Somali pirates. They’re no different than the Muslim terrorist supporters who move to Jersey City and send money to the Taliban.
Somalis living in Knoxville — and across the country — are anxious about the new negativity being circulated around the world by the actions of a few. The forecast isn’t getting any easier.
No other groups gets this treatment. This “backlash whining” in front of every story and after every crime. Now talking about Somali piracy, like talking about Muslim terrorism, becomes a hate crime that makes the poor dears feel unwelcome.
Hollywood is rolling out a brand new blockbuster movie — “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks — that depicts the Maersk Alabama hijacking.
So let’s hear the response from patriotic Somali-Americans.
“The reason these guys are becoming pirates is because their livelihood is fishing, but international companies come and fish in Somalia’s (territorial) waters illegally because the (Somali) government can’t control it,” Sudi Issak, 22, said in an interview last week.
“And other companies also come and dump tons of chemicals and waste off Somalia’s coastline. So what are these people supposed to do? Somalia is war torn and other companies steal hundreds of millions of dollars of fish every year. I think it’s shady that these issues are never really addressed. It’s not like these people just wake up one day and say, ‘Oh, I’m going to be a pirate today.’ ”
Her sister, Kowsar, 19, added: “And what can they do about it? Half of them are like my age — 17, 18, 19. The negative depiction of Somalis — or African-indigenous people in general — in movies or media, particularly in the role of savage antagonist, is not new with the release of ‘Captain Phillips,’ but I hope that the public will research the issue further to uncover the truth.”
The truth is that both of these siblings should be back home in Somalia dodging bullets and hyenas. Instead the United States took them in only to be repaid with the expected treachery.
The whole ‘fishing’ nonsense and the chemicals nonsense is pathetic propaganda. The ships that Somali pirates attack carry cargo. They don’t fish. They don’t dump chemicals. They try to avoid Somali as much as they can.
Both women are students at the University of Tennessee and are Memphis residents. But Sudi was born in Kismayo, Somalia, a southern port city, while Kowsar was born in Memphis. They also have a brother at UT — Abdinasir. After their family left Somalia in the 1990s, they were first refugees in Kenya before heading to the southern African country Zambia, which is where Abdi was born. From there, a Catholic church from Memphis helped arrange their relocation to the West Tennessee city, which is where their family, including their parents, now call home.
Isn’t that great.
Abdi, 20, interviewed Tuesday, said, “With the emergence of the recent events concerning the Kenya mall attacks, pirate activity in the Indian Ocean and the subsequent film ‘Captain Phillips’ set to be released, I fear that Somalis in the U.S. and all over the world will be … disparaged by these and past events. I only hope that the rising defamation of my nation’s people will decline, (along) with the violence corresponding to it.”
If Somalis don’t want their broken burning Islamist hellhole disparaged, they should fix it. Instead most of them have left to sponge off other countries while carrying out terrorist attacks, engaging in assorted crime and whining incessantly.
The best evidence that the descriptions of Somali are true is that the likes of Abdi don’t want to go back home there.
Sudi added: “There are some stereotypes. It started after 9/11… And it’s mostly about Islamophobia than Somali-phobia.” ‘we are not some kind of monsters’
Those who support monsters are monsters.
Khadra Baskin, an administrator with the Department of Equity and Diversity at UT who was married to a retired U.S Army serviceman before his untimely death this year, doesn’t care for the way Hollywood has depicted Somalis. She saw the movie “Black Hawk Down” and said there were several aspects of it that were inaccurate.
“We are not all animals,” Baskin, 52, said on Wednesday. “Somalis by far are the most kind, loving human beings. But they made us look like we are always ready to kill. Sometimes I think Americans are really so naive. They really don’t get the whole picture — and I’m not calling them stupid. But sometimes when you don’t open your eyes to the world, you don’t see the whole truth. And I’m not defending these extremists, but you have to ask yourself questions that need to be asked.”
Sure, let’s ask the questions.
Why were huge numbers of Somalis imported into America? Why are the likes of Khadra Baskin given useless jobs at taxpayer expense so they can sympathize with “extremists” while bashing America?
Americans are so naive. Time to get the whole picture and open their eyes. Before the next attack.