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Online readers respond to "The Somali Murders"

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No Child Left Behind is a stupid law, but to suggest it causes gang violence is ridiculous. Maybe it's the Somali culture that is responsible for this (gasp!). Remember a couple of years ago when that Somali guy brutally beat [his wife] to the point of nearly killing her, and many Somalis knew about it but were going to leave it to the "elders" to handle it? That's backward as hell. They treat their women like second-class citizens; we shouldn't be surprised how they treat their enemies.

Comment by Anonymous
on Nov. 12, 2008, 02:02 a.m.

To suggest that a whole culture is "backward" and responsible for such horrible acts of violence is what is ridiculous. You cannot judge a whole culture of people by the actions of just a few. Like the article stated, Islam advocates for peace and respect, not hate and extremism. Please get your facts straight about Islamic beliefs before posting comments like this.

Comment by handsomemidwesternstate from St. Paul
on Nov. 12, 2008, 14:23 p.m.

It isn't right to let the actions of a few represent a whole culture, but the way they treat their women is the same across the entire culture!

Comment by Anonymous
on Nov. 12, 2008, 15:23 p.m.

What are we trying to comment on here? A bunch of gangbangers who happen to be Somali? Grieving families? Or the subjugation of women? Islamic religion? Bush bashing? No Child Left Behind? Failing school system? Struggling newcomers? Culture shock? Violence? Gun laws? The article has some insights into the problems many poor immigrant kids face in ghettos.

Comment by Oliver from Oakland
on Nov. 12, 2008, 18:28 p.m.

I thought this article gave some insight into the problems the Somali community is facing. It angers me that all of you anonymous people are so out of touch and fearful of a culture that is different from our "American" culture. To say that all Somali woman are treated unfairly is an inaccurate observation. There are woman in every culture that are treated unfairly. Quit being ignorant and making generalizations about an entire culture.

Comment by A Somali Advocate from south Minneapolis
on Nov. 12, 2008, 23:56 p.m.

Well done! This is a worldwide problem with different dimensions in each community!

Comment by Kathy
on Nov. 13, 2008, 07:23 a.m.

I have lived in south Minneapolis for three years. Somalis are very cordial, peaceful people. They have done nothing but treat me with respect. They came from a war-torn country and are living the American dream and proving that it is possible! They have overcome obstacles like racism and learning a new language. They open up new businesses and are thriving. They have close-knit families that love each other no matter what. Americans could learn a lot from these people.

Comment by The D.B. from south Minneapolis
on Nov. 13, 2008, 08:09 a.m.

As an employee at the Brian Coyle Center, it saddens me to read such ignorant comments that have been posted by persons that have NO clue as to what the Center provides to so many families and children. I really wish the writer of this article had taken the time to point out the positive things that take place here as well. We operate in a neighborhood that is home to many Somalis who need assistance. Whether a client is taking ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, picking up food from our stocked food shelf, receiving help with homework, participating in employment services, receiving legal assistance, learning computer skills, or simply shooting hoops...our clients are grateful. Do you really think that if the center were gone, this kind of violence would end? I personally think it would increase. Is it really worth losing all of the positive things this center provides because of the few that made a pit stop to the Brian Coyle Center before they had planned on shooting someone? It just goes to show the connection here is simply due to the fact that the Coyle Center is utilized by so many families, and is one of the few community centers in this area, if any. My heart breaks for every family that has been connected to these violent crimes, including the guilty. It only makes me want to worker harder at what I do.

Comment by employee from Minneapolis
on Nov. 14, 2008, 10:46 a.m.

What a very sad story. I know firsthand of the good work that goes on at Brian Coyle Center—good people working against very long odds. Warmest wishes to all, especially to the family of the young man who was senselessly slain. Peace.

Comment by ethel from Madison
on Nov. 15, 2008, 08:27 a.m.