Banned In Lewiston? Female Genital Mutilation
by Brenda Walker:
Women, Immigration, And
Multiculturalism`s Big Lie;
The Style Guide To Writing A Sensitive Immigration
[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
“Diversity Causes Bowling Alone.”
By Steve Sailer.]
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.
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
food stamps) is found, the rest of the clan is told
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
welfare system is much better."
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."
expressing the simple financial realities of his city,
Mayor Raymond has been called
every name for racist.
dueling rallies that took place in Lewiston on January
11 were a result of the
Church of the Creator sensing an opportunity to
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
Shelby Steele has called similar expressions of
"an illusion of moral redemption."
suspects in academia and the press have been
energetically trying to convince Mainers that the state
too white and that more diversity is needed.
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,
one article in that paper about the Somali influx
into Maine even mentions the FGM variety of
cultural child abuse.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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"?
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.
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
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.
the girl dies from blood loss and shock.
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.
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.
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
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."
abominable practice with them to America or have
they left it behind?
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.
cannot have a stable, equitable community when there are
two different cultural standards of behavior.
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
so afraid of being called racist that they cannot speak
out against unspeakable cruelty to girls?
line is this: we can have
multiculturalism or we can have women`s equality. We
cannot have both.
in cultural equivalence may be comforting, but it
unfortunately has no relation to the human race as it
Brenda Walker [email
her] is a writer living in California. She publishes two
The issue of immigration and
women`s rights may be further pursued by opening
clicking on the burqa lady.