Banned In Lewiston? Female Genital Mutilation


[Previously
by Brenda Walker:


Women, Immigration, And
Multiculturalism`s Big Lie
;



The Style Guide To Writing A Sensitive Immigration
Story
]

[VDARE.COM Note: Only two years ago, Lewiston, Maine, was
referred to by name in the LA Times –  and even by
VDARE.COM! –  as a stereotypically “homogeneous
place.”
See


“Diversity Causes Bowling Alone.”

By Steve Sailer
.]

Brenda
Walker writes:


Lewiston
, ME, the one-time factory town of 36,000,
now permanently downsized in America`s

post-industrial economy
, was in the news recently
for the titanic struggle between good and evil there –
or at least so it seemed to the 4,000 participants in
the January 11 anti-racism,

pro-diversity rally
as they bravely locked arms
against the threatening specter of at least two dozen
white supremacists descending on the town.

Lewiston
has been getting a lot of attention for its difficulty
with the sudden influx of Somalis — from

zero in the beginning of 2001
to 1-2,000 now. The
Somalis are known for their clannish ways, and

decamping to the USA
has evidently done little to
diminish them. A

scout, or sahan
, is sent out looking for better
hunting (welfare). When a suitable grazing ground
(subsidized housing,

food stamps
) is found, the rest of the clan is told
to come.


Interestingly, many of the

current Lewiston Somali refugees
came from

Clarkston, Georgia
. But the Somalis were unsatisfied
with that community in their

search for a better life.
One Abdullahi Abdullahi,
president of the Clarkston Somali Community Development
Organization, explained: "Maine is crazy cold, but
the

welfare system is much better."

Official
Lewiston was taken aback by the enormous uptick in costs
for education, welfare and social services.

Mayor Laurier Raymond wrote a letter
pleading with
Somali clan leaders that they tell their relatives not
to come, at least not all at once: "We have been
overwhelmed and have responded valiantly. Now we need
breathing room. Our city is maxed-out financially,
physically and emotionally."

For
expressing the simple financial realities of his city,
Mayor Raymond has been called

every name for racist
.

The
dueling rallies that took place in Lewiston on January
11 were a result of the

Church of the Creator
sensing an opportunity to
preach

storm-trooper-style white power
. This sparked a
counter-rally to express solidarity with Somalis and a
disavowal of racism. A local college organized the

pro-diversity rally
that drew 4,000 participants,
including Maine`s entire Congressional delegation. Black
author

Shelby Steele
has called similar expressions of
guilt-relieving liberalism

"an illusion of moral redemption."

The usual
suspects in academia and the press have been
energetically trying to convince Mainers that the state
is

too white
and that more diversity is needed.

The real
questions about serious cultural differences – such as
the nearly universal practice in Somalia of female
genital mutilation (FGM) – remain hushed up. Despite
assurances to me from the
Lewiston Sun Journal,
only

one article in that paper about the Somali influx

into Maine even mentions the FGM variety of

cultural child abuse
.

The
Lewiston Sun-Journal [email
the editor – or
publisher
etc.] refused my (liberal,
feminist) California perspective. No doubt that`s
because I did not engage in

cartoonish celebrations of diversity
.

All
Americans should consider the kinds of cultures we are
allowing so mindlessly. Honesty about other societies
may be politically incorrect. But it does offer some
hope of stopping the rush to

create an America of balkanized bedlam
.

THE BRENDA WALKER OP-ED THAT THE LEWISTON SUN-JOURNAL REJECTED:

It`s time for a better discussion about race, culture and gender.

It`s not
exactly a daring position to be against racism these
days, but its enthusiastic rejection, exhibited recently
in Lewiston, is surely a good sign for the nation`s
evolution away from the shame of the past.

However, it
is a mistake to confuse race with culture. While racism
is deeply repugnant, many cultures hold beliefs and

practices
that all Americans should find abhorrent,
including a terrible variety of cruelty toward women and
girls. When we consider

slavery
, honor

killings
, female genital mutilation (FGM) and
arranged marriage, we should reject the

mistaken basis of multiculturalism
, namely the idea
that all cultures are morally equal and worthy of
respect.

Would the
reader want to raise a daughter in Saudi Arabia where
she could not

drive a car
or

reveal her face
? Does being humane include tolerance
toward

criminal brutality
when it is cloaked in culture?
Should America forget its

proud history of leadership in women`s rights
and

safety
in the name of "diversity"?

Hopefully
not.

How exactly
did the proper rejection of racism morph so disastrously
into the uncritical acceptance of diversity? The world
is home to all sorts of objectionable cultural
practices, but when one of these cultures

moves in next door
, we are urged to celebrate
diversity, no questions asked. Furthermore, some
multiculturalists even say that

assimilation is racism.

Polygamy,
anyone?

The problem
with having thousands of Somalis arrive en masse into a
community is not their skin color but

their culture
. According to the World Health
Organization (WHO), the

prevalence in Somalia of female genital mutilation

is 98 percent — virtually everyone, then. The WHO also
notes that 80 percent of the procedures are of the
infibulation type, which is the most extreme form, where
most of the vagina is removed and exterior vulva is
stitched together leaving a small orifice for urine and
menstrual fluid.

Following
the trauma of this horror, the little girl`s legs may be
tied together leaving her immobilized for several weeks.
The procedure is generally done by old women who have no
knowledge of anesthetics and antiseptics.

Sometimes
the girl dies from blood loss and shock.

In other
words, the most brutal abuse and

torture
of children are a normal part of Somali
culture. Any American who cut away a child`s genitals
would be arrested immediately, but when the unpleasant
subject of FGM among immigrants is mentioned at all, we
are told by the diversity proponents that this criminal
behavior is a cultural choice.

Last
October, the U.S. government considered

banning Somali refugee families
because they still
practice this brutality. Actually, FGM was made

illegal in the United States
in 1996 by Congress:
such has been the effect of diversity on America that a
law against castrating little girls is now necessary.

But don`t
Somalis put aside this cruelty and assimilate to
American values? Indications are that

FGM persists
, but has gone underground because of
its illegality. Parents may arrange for a girl`s visit
home to have the procedure done away from prying law
enforcement eyes.

For example,
a New York Times article described a

Houston Somali math teacher
vowing to send his
daughter to Somalia to be cut. His wife observed, "We
were taught that this was a way of ensuring a girl`s
good behavior. It prevents them from running wild. Women
should be meek, simple and quiet, not aggressive and
outgoing. This is something we just accept."

Have Somalis
brought this

abominable practice with them to America
or have
they left it behind?

Their
neighbors have a right to know.

It would be
reassuring if the Somali elders would repudiate the
hideous practice and state that no Somali children in
Maine have been so harmed or would be in the future.

Whatever the
case, American women should be more concerned about

misogynous cultures
being welcomed thoughtlessly,

as if women`s rights
and safety would not be
affected.

Surely we
cannot have a stable, equitable community when there are

two different cultural standards
of behavior.

By
carelessly accepting the idea that all cultures are
morally equal, we tacitly disown our homegrown American
values of women`s rights and the protection of innocent
children.

Are people
so afraid of being called racist that they cannot speak
out against unspeakable cruelty to girls?

The bottom
line is this: we can have

multiculturalism
or we can have women`s equality. We
cannot have both.

The belief
in cultural equivalence may be comforting, but it
unfortunately has no relation to the human race as it
is.

Brenda Walker [email
her] is a writer living in California. She publishes two
websites,

LimitsToGrowth.org
and

www.ImmigrationsHumanCost.org
.
The issue of immigration and
women`s rights may be further pursued by opening
LimitsToGrowth and


clicking on the burqa lady
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