YouTube assault video worsens Somali reputation

A group of Minneapolis teenagers have found themselves making headlines after publishing a video of themselves pushing people over in the street. Identified as of Somali origin, the pranksters will, our observer explains, only add fuel to the fire for the local anti-Somali press.

The six-minute-video was posted on YouTube by "madbi001" on 17 November. Despite a jovial introduction and upbeat soundtrack, the cruel scenes that follow were found far from funny by most YouTubers and soon came to the attention of the local police, leading to the immediate arrest of two members of the group. The incident soon found its way into the local headlines - many of them quick to report that the boys are Somali (when in fact they are American of Somali origin).

Immigration from Somalia into the US began in the early 1990s when the civil war started. Since then, tens of thousands of Somalis have arrived in the country, and Minnesota has received the largest numbers. The city estimates that 60-70,000 residents are of Somali origin.

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“These kids are as American as any other kid in the USA”

Abdulkadir Mohamed is a Somali who has been living in Minneapolis for ten years. He writes the blog Royale Somali.

The teens live in the Rondo neighbourhood in St. Paul - an ethnically and economically diverse neighbourhood. These kids were born here in America to Somali parents, but are as American as any other kid in the USA.  They watch and imitate TV shows and play violent video games. Nevertheless, that is in no way justifiable of their terrible assaults on strangers in the street. As some teenagers pointed out in the papers, they were trying to imitate shows like Jackass but they seem to have missed the point. This kind of activity becomes criminal rather than funny.

I went to the Somali mall yesterday afternoon and everyone was fuming. These boys have brought shame to the community and to their parents in particular. They have no respect for the elderly, their neighbours, and even worse, for authority. Everyone was saying that these boys need to be tried in a juvenile court and made to do extensive community service.

This is not big news - how many times do we hear about kids playing pranks and filming it? But for the right-wing press, who are always happy to report a negative story about Somali immigrants, this was a great story. They also drew a lot of attention to the "missing Somalis" [when a dozen Somali immigrants went missing, presumed training with al-Shabab militants in Somalia] and when a gay man was verbally attacked at the city's gay parade by a group of kids. So it's no surprise that they're making a big deal out of this case too. They've already linked the suspects with a local NGO called the Somali Youth Development Organization in Minnesota, which for some reason, they often link with bad news, when really it's a good organisation. Compared with all these negative articles, there's hardly one that reports the good things that the Somali community does in the area."

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Damn, theses boys are the

Damn, theses boys are the ugliest kind of people I have ever since.

Having to see one of their face is already an assault.

Black youth working hard at

Black youth working hard at providing justifications for racism.
Great job, keep it up! Just don't complain when eventually all the petty little violence inflicted upon totally random people ends up backfiring right in your face as an ethnic community, because that is exactly what will happen.

If you think whites are going to be eternally asleep, feminized and prideless (sad state of affairs right now as anyone will admit), watch out. When they wake up, you're in for hell of a clean up.

When I said totally random

When I said totally random people, I was wrong. Most of the time it's black on white. Why? Because these pussies know they usually won't get a response thanks to the constant guilt tripping about racism. That's right, shitbags like this are naturally drawn to weak targets, have no sort of dignity or honor. Just a bunch of trash ready to be rounded up when the economy finally falls apart and people are forced to face reality.

What Hypocrisy?

These Somali kids are performing heinious acts, of course. Yet why are some ppls in this website mad at us Somalis living in your countries. Many of these countries bleeded out Somalis during colonialism and still are trying their best to exploit our mineral rich nation Somalia as well as many other African nations. They are generous to give Somalis refuge due to the civil war.I think it is the least you can do when you were part to blame for it especially UK,France, and Italy. Why are ppls jealous if some somalis work hard and support their poor families back home?We pay taxes like anybody else.We are free to do what we want with our disposable wealth. If we want to clean our behinds with it.It is our hard-earned money. Scottish man, you need to work on your weakness not your excuses. Pray to the Creator and work Hard and you will get what is destined for you.

Wow, just wow...So tell me

Wow, just wow...So tell me im an Irish guy should I be mad at the English (Romans, Vikings)? The way I figure it we've got at least 200 hundred years of oppression on you. Your ignorance is obvious by your lack of grammar and effort. When I write in French I at least make an attempt to be grammatically correct.

Yes, some never run out of

Yes, some never run out of excuses to explain the high criminal rate of their ethnic group. Pathetic.

Oh, look... TNB

Why is it that when such things are black-on-white it becomes okay and the brush off crew arrives with their brooms to sweep it under the rug? If this was white-on-black it would be called HATE CRIMES, period.

I see them attacking their

I see them attacking their own kind not only whites.

Put them all in camps - or send them back to their Somalia

Absolute filth - the dregs of humanity. SOmething to be said for rounding them up and putting them in detainment camps for a little indoctrination. Immigration is destroying this country - send them back to their mother land of Somalia and let them live in some tar-paper shack and see how "cool" they are.

Can't wait until they try this on someone who carries and one of them ends up with a bullet in his head. How cool are you then?

And parents that can't instill better values in their kids? Well, sterilize them - no need for continued breeding from miscreants and sub-humans.

pathetic little mind

u say put then in a camp it truely shows either ur from bum family o ur eat from the bins damm pathetic little mind u can be analized eazily ur a filth who is lonly n good at saying crap mr/mis crap brains r u advocatin violance olso when u say sm me parking n shoot them arent u just one of them hooliganz pathetic low lyf rather shut ur filthy mouth coz only crap is comin from it

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