Somali mall, Walgreens burned in Minneapolis riots set for $40M redevelopment Apartments, office and retail would replace Somali mall, Walgreens on Lake Street site. "I'm lost for words, I don't know what we're gonna do, how it's gonna work, but I feel that this is a revolution," she said. © Middle East Eye 2020 - all rights reserved. Ilhan Omar, the Somali-American congresswoman who represents the district where Floyd was killed, on Friday introduced a resolution alongside Black Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley condemning police brutality, racial profiling and the excessive use of force by law enforcement. We are here to change that'. #BREAKING: A young black man has been stabbed at the violent riots unfolding in Minneapolis. If you see one eating a banana, she said, there's a good chance it was donated by a Somali business. The state has 52,333 people who report Somali ancestry — the largest concentration in America. Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the United States, roughly 57,000 people according to the latest census figures, most of whom live in the Minneapolis area. “We didn’t do anything wrong,” she said. Minnesota's governor said he will move to "fully mobilise the National Guard" after destructive Minneapolis-area protests that he says are "no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd." Bachmann also suggested Noor may have shot Damond for “cultural” reasons. Police Chief Janee Harteau, who resigned Friday, criticized Noor’s actions but said he was well-trained. Sign up for the AP’s weekly newsletter showcasing our best reporting from the Midwest and Texas: http://apne.ws/2u1RMfv . Additional support comes from Knight Foundation, 3M, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. 'If you want to be part of the revolution, we as Muslims have to sit down and understand that we have the problem too'. On Thursday, she dismissed the notion that he was an affirmative-action hire, saying: “This is about an individual officer’s actions. One viral video shows a Somali girl kicking back a tear gas canister thrown by police in riot gear. "Somalis are known for their bananas," Ali said, chuckling. Only England And Wales jurisdiction apply in all legal matters. Somalis also serve on the Minneapolis and Mankato school boards. Farhio Khalif, a Somali and women’s advocate, called Damond’s shooting “unacceptable” and said the incident has taken a toll on local Somalis. "It's not just the Arab community, I think a lot of us in the Muslim community period, and it's, this is just as relevant to Somali people," Ali said. ... Siyad Farah, 90, was born in northern Somalia and grew up in Mogadishu. But at the end of the day, we have the same skin colour," she told MEE. Still, many activists and community members have said the killing opened the door for a conversation about racism and anti-Blackness within the larger Muslim community. "I think because of what happened, a lot of people are looking to the Arab-Muslim population and saying, 'Hey, you know, you really do need to address these issues within our communities'," Ali said. Still, most of the younger Somalis who grew up in the US have aligned themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement, especially after witnessing discrimination and racism at the hands of law enforcement, she said. The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd's neck before the unarmed black man died this week was taken … The killing has also caused some friction between the Black and Muslim communities, because Cup Foods, where a store employee called the police on Floyd to report a $20 counterfeit bill, is owned by a Muslim-Arab man. 'I'm lost for words, I don't know what we're gonna do, how it's gonna work, but I feel that this is a revolution'. Body found in Minneapolis pawn shop that burned during riots July 20, 2020 GMT The body, apparently of a man, was discovered as investigators combed through the … A dedicated YouTuber, he joined a rally May 27 outside the Minneapolis Police Third Precinct with the intention of documenting it. Nine people were shot in Minneapolis on Tuesday evening amid a spate of violence following the death of George Floyd, the Star Tribune reported.Shootings have risen sharply in the city over three weeks of unrest after Floyd, an African American man, was killed by Minneapolis police officers. Somalis + Minnesota is made possible in part by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. Several were characterized as derogatory, discriminatory or anti-Muslim. On Friday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that the ex-police officer who killed Floyd, Derrick Chauven, had been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Minneapolis has made an effort in recent years to hire more Somali officers to ensure the department “reflects the city,” and Hodges said that effort will continue. He sees Black, and then when he hears the name, the racism is even more pronounced," said Yussuf, who ran for Congress before dropping out and endorsing eventual winner Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. The Somali community also is seeing its political influence grow. "Out of all the police brutality situations that I have been involved in or was aware of, or have been alive to witness, I think this one hits very close to home because it did come from my community," said Khadija Ali, a Somali-American photographer and demonstrator. The area around the location where Floyd was killed includes many Somalis and their businesses. Jamaal Farah works as a barber at the Karmel Mall in Minneapolis. They continued to protest. MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Due to a lack of evidence, a pawn shop owner will not be charged in connection to a deadly shooting that happened amid the riots in Minneapolis … But Mohamud Noor, a community advocate who is not related to the officer, said the shooting “has nothing to do with the Somali community, period.”, “It’s easy to target individuals who are from a small minority community and say, ‘See, I told you so,’ rather than focusing on the issue we have, which is a police issue.”. The problem of anti-Blackness exists in the Somali community as well, with the older generation not identifying as Black. Somali community, being both Muslim and Black, plays unique role within protest movement, Young Somali Americans have come out to demonstrations in droves, angry over broken criminal justice system (MEE), Arab-Black relations: Floyd tragedy highlights ties and tensions, 'Let my building burn': A powerful message to protesters in Minneapolis, Black pain is ours: Minneapolis Somali community rallies over Floyd killing. Black and Latino shop keepers, already outraged by George Floyd's death, feel victimized again as city officials fail to stop looting and fires. The young activist Jama told MEE how even engaging with elders in the Somali community has not been enough to eradicate racism and prejudice. Ali said that the community has since struggled with its identity, as many of the older generation are averse to being considered Black Americans. It's our neighbourhood. The store owner unequivocally condemned the killing and showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement, saying that his employee was simply following protocol as dictated by federal guidelines. She noted the large number of Somali Americans participating in the demonstrations alongside the African-American community. “Everybody’s gotten to the point where, hey, you know, we don’t need more police, we need more intervention,” one organizer in attendance said. From Sunday until noon Friday, the city had logged 55 complaints to its civil rights division, many expressing concern or anger about the shooting. Jama said that Floyd's killing has opened a Pandora's box of difficult conversations communities must have, conversations that include how to finally deal with systemic and institutionalised oppression, criminal justice reform and police brutality. Somalis are an ethnic group in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul (Twin Cities) urban area and makes up the largest Somali diasporas in the US.As of 2018, almost 103,000 people born in Somalia are living in Minnesota, and about 194,000 Minnesotans speak Somali, Amharic or a related language at home. Somalis began resettling in Minneapolis after securing jobs at meat-packaging plants, and have since opened businesses and established deep roots in the city. Abdirizak Bihi, another community advocate, said when other officers have fatally shot people, city leaders have typically reserved judgment until all facts are in and the police union has stood up for the officers. Somalis also serve on the Minneapolis and Mankato school boards. Mogadishu, the capital, suffers from frequent roadside bombings that kill hundreds of civilians each year. Police: Hell's Angel sparked Minneapolis riots over Floyd Police say a man captured on surveillance video breaking windows at a south Minneapolis auto … (City of Minneapolis via AP), Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. More than 22 young men from the community have left the state since 2007 to join al-Shabab in Somalia, and roughly a dozen people have left in recent years to join militants in Syria, including the Islamic State group. CBS News Only England And Wales jurisdiction apply in all legal matters. "I think they are playing an integral role in this protest," she said. A two-mile stretch of … Share. ", "It's beautiful to see a lot of Somalis come out," Ali told MEE. Being seen as both Black and Muslim, Minneapolis resident Haji Yussuf said, sometimes means facing multiple forms of discrimination. "And now, we are going through the same thing they're going through," she added. 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