(Un)happy Fourth of July!…In The New American Heartland




"A Call to Jihad, Answered in America"
was the headline on the
front-page news story, printed above the fold in the
New York Times
for 12 July, 2009.

The story, by Andrea Elliott, was about four young
Somalis who arrived in the United States as
refugees
when small children and were enthusiastically
transplanted to

Minneapolis
by the state and local authorities.
Later, all four attended the

University of Minnesota
to train for professional
careers.

Then, in 2008, one of the four, Mahmoud Hassan, an

engineering
student, had a bright idea.
"Why are we sitting around in America, doing nothing for
our people?"
he asked his friends. Several months
later, Hassan and two other students left Minnesota for
Somalia where they joined up with the

Shabaab
, a violent Islamist group allied with Al
Qaeda in the attempt to overturn the imperiled Somalian
government.

The NYT story
continued,

"The students are among more than 20 young Americans
who are the focus of what may be the most significant
domestic terrorism investigation since September 11. One
of the men,

Shirwa Ahmed,
blew himself up in Somalia in October,
becoming the first known American suicide bomber. The
director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert
M. Mueller, has said Mr. Ahmed was `radicalized
in his hometown in Minnesota.`"

The reporter added that Ahmed`s story reveals the
presence of a

widespread jihadist movement
in
"America`s

heartland
"
that is attempting to recruit other
young Americans to holy war, and mentioned the FBI`s
concern that the jihadists might use their training and
U.S. passports to stage attacks in the United States.

Two days before the Times printed the piece,
VDARE.com had posted an article by Joe Guzzardi—Al
Franken On Immigration: The Bad and The Good (Yes, I
Said "Good"
]
—noting that Minnesota is 88 percent
white, and only four percent Hispanic.

By coincidence, I spent the weekend of July 3-5 in
Minneapolis-St. Paul, attending a family wedding. I
trust Guzzardi`s demographic data regarding Minnesota.
But no one could possibly guess, from a visit to the
Twin Cities,
that the state is 88 percent white.

The day after the wedding, I took a taxi to the Como
Park Zoo in St. Paul to visit the zoo`s four African
lions. Como Park, which was

founded more than 100 years ago
, is a pretty little
zoo with a relatively small collection of well-kept
animals and a

beautifully designed and unusually spacious Large Cat
Exhibit
. As for the human population, it must have
been, on the day of my visit, 95 percent nonwhite,
including some Hispanics, a large number of blacks,
native and otherwise, and a huge majority of Asians,
principally Thais, Vietnamese, and Hmong.

I remained with the lions for a couple of hours,
surrounded by visitors most of whom
spoke a
language other than English.
How the zoo staff copes
with the multiple language barrier I cannot imagine. My
guess is they don`t bother to try.

Spanish-language classes
for

docents
, which

many American zoos offer
, would be ludicrously
insufficient here.

My wife and I were driven into the city from the
airport at one o`clock in the morning by a

Somali cabby
, and around town by mainly
local
blacks.
These drivers were, without exception,
friendly and polite. St. Paul`s business district, where
our hotel was located, abounds with foreign faces,
languages, and restaurants. We ate lunch the first day
at an excellent

Thai restaurant
, operated by Thais, who like all
Thais I have met were
soft-spoken and gracious.
The place looked
prosperous, and the waitress—probably one of the
owners—mentioned that the restaurant is a luncheon
favorite of employees of the big financial companies
housed in the proximate high-rise towers.

We did not spy any

suspicious-looking
Al Qaeda types about, though we
could easily have overlooked them among the pressing
crowd at
Como Zoo,
which offers free admission.

Still, as a contributor to the Star Tribune Sun
put it,

"It`s a long way from your grandmother`s Twin Cities."

That is simultaneously a boast and a cry of exultation,
not a lament.

A two-page spread in the paper`s Fourth of July edition
was explicit: The new Minneapolis-St. Paul is a
carefully

engineered
and sustained project, lovingly conceived
and executed by the state legislature, the respective
municipal authorities, social agencies including

Lutheran Social Services
and
Catholic
Charities
, and the multicultural enthusiasts, among
whom I suspect the

University of Minnesota
and other
"educational"
institutions.

The aforementioned Fourth of July feature, titled


"Summer Journalism Workshop,"
was a collection
of columns by

aspiring journalists
from among the area`s high
schools. Here are samples of their work:

"I grew up in a great city called Minneapolis," said

Mayor R.T. Rybak
, "but it was not as great as it is
today, in large part because we were too isolated in
this big world."

….St
Paul
has the largest

urban Hmong
concentration in the world. Minnesota
has the largest Somali population in the United States,
most of it in Minneapolis. More than 80 languages are
spoken in the Twin Cities area.

….How does this cultural change affect our lives? You
may attend a performance of tradtional Hmong music. Your
kid`s best friend may be a Somali or Liberian. You may
get your weekly groceries at an Asian grocery store. At
a restaurant, your server may be Latino. Your
neighborhood may have people from five continents.

[Diversity
brings changes, chances
,
by Nathan Palm, Osseo
Senior High School]

* * *

Latinos are expected to be 25 percent of the state`s
projected population of 6.45 million by 2035, according
to the state`s demographic Center.

….Traditional Latin celebrations such as

Dia de los Muertos,
a Mexican holiday celebrating
the dead, and the annual Cinco de Mayo parade have
become part of the Twin Cities` cultural fabric.



[Latinos
widen their Twin Cities` influence
, by Ady
Perez,
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
]

* * *

Abdusalem Adam, a Somali community specialist in
Minnesota, says that St. Paul has taken steps to
integrate the Somali immigrant population into the
school system. "In recognizing the

head scarf
, the food, they are careful…the

ability to pray when the time comes
….It is the
reason why so many Somalis come to this state," Adam
explains. [
The
foremost assignment at school: Learn the language
,
by Matthew Aguilar, Patrick Henry [!!] High School]

* * *

"Every time I get on the light rail, people are always
looking at me funny…," said Fahad Hashi, 23, from
Minneapolis. "My brother has a full beard and when he
walks around people think he`s going to do something
bad. I`m always hearing people talking about how they
think Muslims are going to blow stuff up. They always
seem to be putting out degrading comments about
Muslims."

[On
many fronts, life has changed for young Somalis,

by Zawadi Mbele]

* * *

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has done
a lot to reach out to immigrants who like to fish and
hunt. But some immigrants still find state rules and
regulations confusing. State officials have translated
the rules and regulations into various languages, hired
Hmong officers and stocked lakes with ample numbers of
white bass, a popular catch among Hmong fishermen. …Many
immigrants don`t have fishing licenses, and often
misunderstand the rules of the catch, DNR officials say.
….Trespassing, littering, and fishing in large groups
are also problems among immigrants…. …Many immigrants
come from countries where there aren`t fishing and

hunting seasons
or game limits…. …In Cambodian
culture, dumping fish on the ground [as DNR officers had
done in checking a bucket of fish] is disrespectful and
makes the fish unfit to eat…. …"The cops need to learn
the culture," [Dymanh] Choun {a 21-year-old immigrant]
said. …The DNR also is training its officers to better
understand a range of cultures.


[Mixing
fishing rules and cultures,
by Matthew Trammel,
Holy Angels High School]

* * * [Hmong,
old and young, worry that culture is dying out,

by Mariah Davis, Arlington High School.]

But does anyone in Minneapolis-St. Paul worry that
American
culture is dying out in their city and state? Or that
their children have become the

brainwashed zombie shock troops
for the advancing
armies of Political Correctness?

Maybe this problem carries with itself the
seeds
of its own solution.
A

7/7-style jihadist suicide bomb
added to next year`s

Fourth of July
fireworks celebration would
concentrate Minnesotans` minds wonderfully.

Don`t think it couldn`t happen.




Chilton Williamson Jr.
[email
him
] is an editor and columnist for
Chronicles
Magazine
, where he writes The Hundredth
Meridian

column about life in the
Rocky

Mountain
West.
You can buy his
books Mexico Way,

Immigration and the American Future
,

The Hundredth Meridian
and The Conservative Bookshelf: Essential Works That Impact Today`s Conservative Thinkers on line.