September 22, 2016

TRADITION!:

Racial issues involving Somalis heightened after mall attack (KYLE POTTER, 9/21/16, Associated Press)

The day after a young Somali-American man stabbed 10 people at a central Minnesota mall, pickup trucks were spotted driving through predominantly Somali neighborhoods, honking and waving Confederate flags -- highlighting the precarious bond between the thousands of Somalis who live in St. Cloud and other city residents.

Saturday's attack at Crossroads Center Mall is testing city and community leaders' efforts to improve longstanding racial tensions, which flared up a few years ago when Somali-American high school students said they were being harassed and being called terrorists.

It's also spawning backlash against Somalis and other Muslims elsewhere in in the state, including south of the Twin Cities, where the owner of a restaurant and ice cream parlor changed his sign out front after Saturday's attack to read "Muslims Get Out," saying he won't be "peer pressured by the politically correct crowd."

During World War I, Minnesota nativists waged an all out war on German culture in the state (Ehsan Alam, 01/05/16, mINN pOST)

When the United States entered World War I in 1917, Germans were the single largest ethnic group in Minnesota. Nativism during this period was a "patriotic" attitude that saw recent immigrants -- particularly those of German descent -- as potentially traitorous. Many felt that because German Americans shared their heritage with the Kaiser and the German Empire, they would side with the enemy power. That many German Americans advocated neutrality until the U.S. declared war was further proof of disloyalty to nativists.

The most conspicuous nativist agency was the Minnesota Commission of Public Safety (MCPS). Created by the state legislature in April of 1917, the MCPS was a seven-person commission headed by Governor J. A. A. Burnquist. It was given near-dictatorial powers to support the war effort at home and root out disloyal elements. 

Posted by at September 22, 2016 6:24 PM

  

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