Rochester racists vandalize another Somali home with "KKK" and swastika tags

Categories: Racism
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ABC 6
A Somali family in Rochester woke up Sunday to find "KKK' and a swastika spray-painted on their driveway.
Last weekend, for the second time in just over a year, unknown vandals spray-painted "KKK" and a swastika onto the house of a Somali family in Rochester.

Muslim civil rights leaders aren't taking the latest incident lying down. Lori Saroya, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Minnesota, is calling on the FBI to investigate.

"It just sends a message that some people aren't welcomed in our community," Saroya told MPR. "That's just a very unfortunate message to send because the Somali community is an integral part of the Minnesota community in general." The incident last weekend is eerily similar to another tagging of a Somali home in May 2011. Here's a photo showing the aftermath of that incident:
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Ayan Hilowle
Ayan Hilowle, one of the Somali residents of the house that was vandalized last year, said her house had been targeted twice prior to the May 2011 incident. One time, her family's mailbox was mysteriously destroyed, and on another occasion someone shot at her house with a paint gun.

Regarding the incident in the above photo, Hilowle told MPR that "it's not a good feeling to have that all over your house, and it makes you feel like you're alone in the neighborhood. But we've gotten a lot of support from the neighbors and everyone else, so it's a good feeling now." Her family had surveillance cameras installed around their home after the racist tagging.

One of the victims of last weekend's incident, Fahma Mohamed, said she and her family "don't understand where this is coming from." Mohamed, a recent graduate of the University of St. Thomas, said her 13-year-old sister was particularly shaken up by the vandalism.

Saroya has seen enough and wants the FBI to track down the perpetrators before a third Somali family in Rochester is victimized.

"It may seem minor," Saroya said. "But what we've seen nationally is that these type of incidents escalate, and it's troubling to us that these individuals or individual know where these families live."
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PRIAP
PRIAP

somalac ili bosanac, tu su kao nevini a u domicilnoj državi su zapravo pravi teroristi

Johnny
Johnny like.author.displayName 1 Like

There is the distinct, unpleasant possibility that the perps are the 'victims'......

Richard Garyson
Richard Garyson

 Are you suggesting that the "victims" vandalized their own home, in order to appear as victims? Although, there is nothing (at least that I know of) to indicate this is case, it would not be the first time that Muslims have vandalized their own property in such a way to make it look like a "hate" crime, in order to appear as victims to the public. Either way, if this was indeed the work of criminals, they should be prosecuted as would anyone else.  What I do not like is how the media likes to emphasize these crimes, in order to make a particular group look like victims, all while ignoring the much higher crime minority-on-white crime rate. Such side-taking does not mitigate racial animosity; it fuels it.

antidumbfucks
antidumbfucks

People that would do this are total dumbfucks.

Rob Riemer
Rob Riemer

The retards made the swastika backwards.

green23
green23

 Yeah, and the swastika is actually a Hindu symbol that the Nazis 'borrowed' based on some weird interpretation of what is and isn't Aryan.

I'm kind of surprised that effeminate dad/pizza/yo banana boy didn't blame Hindus for this.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

That's a really weird, completely out of context thing to say.

Joe
Joe

There are good people and there are bad people.  That is the only distinction.  They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  Attributing something universally based on the color of someone's skin, or the places they come from puts you in the category of bad people.  I want you in my neighborhood LESS than thieves because the damage you do is more pervasive and, unfortunately, not something we can incarcerate you for.

Yet.

It's true that you all have a right to express your opinion, but the GOOD people of the world will call you out on it every time.  That's why you have to do it here.  You know damn well how it would be taken if you put a sign on your front lawn.

Mattbeckmann32
Mattbeckmann32

 That's true and I totally agree that there are good people and some bad people and that they come in every shape and color...... what I don't agree with is that the article leans toward saying that the Somalia's are the victims here.  Nothing is said about a kid (and he wasn't caucasian) that got punched in the face and they took his bag just because he was vulnerable. I mean, that happened at about 3:30 in the middle of Downtown Rochester in broad daylight.  You know what I saw happen around the incident?  A bunch of people that were scared to do anything and walked or ran away.......  Maybe the vandalism came from that kid that was punched???  Just maybe one of the kids that punched that kid lived in that house?  Does it make it right???  HELL NO, but could be the root to the problem. Just saying there is a totally different perspective to be looked at here, not just that the Somalia's are the victims... the whole city of Rochester are the victims to hate crimes that need to stop.

Joe
Joe

Yeah, but the story isn't about a kid that got punched in the face, and likely the reporter doesn't even know about that incident.  In *this* story, the Somali family that lives there ARE the victims.  Why the hell wouldn't the article lean that way?

George
George

"somali home"??  How about "integrating" and stop identifying as an outsider......

green23
green23

The words "Somali home" were applied by Aaron, not the victims.

Perhaps the idiots who spray-painted "KKK" and a (backwards) Swastika should be the ones trying to "integrate". Or is the Klan a mainstream organisation in your world?

If this family were Swedes who failed to "integrate" to your standards, do you think this would have happened?

Regardless, I fail to see how spray-painting "KKK" on someone's home encourages "integration" in any way. It actually has the opposite effect, doesn't it?

Why are conservatives so completely obsessed with conformity? It really undermines the whole "liberty" narrative if people are only free to be like everyone else.

TheBlob
TheBlob

Do you think you'd have a swell time integrating into Somalian culture?  The differences run incredibly deep.  It isn't a matter of drinking some bud lights and taking golf lessons.

George
George like.author.displayName 1 Like

It's not a question of my integrating into Somalian culture. It's whether or not recent immigrants have any intention of fully integrating into American culture.  People have been doing it for what, 300 years.

Dr. J
Dr. J

"Mohamed, a recent graduate of the University of St. Thomas"  

Hey stupid, what is more American than buying a home and going to college?   

Andy H.
Andy H.

What, exactly is american culture?

skinnymissmeliss
skinnymissmeliss

Rochester is an incredibly mean town filled with racist haters, and haters in general.  I lived there from the time I was 5 until I graduated high school and it was a HORRIBLE experience.  I was teased and bullied almost daily for anything and everything and it has left permanent scars on my psyche.  When I was in high school there was a group of lower class hick losers that created the "All American Boys" gang.  Pretty sure they were the ones responsibly for severely beating a 12 year old Somali paperboy years ago - it was like 5 grown men with bats against a CHILD.  I am so ashamed to be from Rochester that I just tell everyone that I'm from Wisconsin (which is where I was born).  

Mattbeckmann32
Mattbeckmann32

Hmmm, I was just in Rochester 2 weeks ago yesterday.  Right in the middle of downtown Rochester, right in front of the Rosa Parks Pavilion Building something happened that disturbed me deeply!  There were these 4-5 Somalian's (pretty sure it was a gang of some sort) that punched this pretty much defenseless kid, took his bag and ran off with it. They took off down the alley running......  I was across the street and with laptop bag in hand, chased the kids to no avail. Finally a police officer turned the corner that I was on and I stopped him.  He asked me if I had seen a group of Somalian's around, and I went on to tell him the story of what had happened. So evidently this group was already being looked for because that had just happened. Just saying I'm about 40 yrs old, lived in Rochester for 5 years (from 2003-08) and I didn't see anything like that going on when I was living there.  Go there today and it's a different story!  Sure there might be a "All American Boys" gang, but if you think that is the only gang in Rochester, go hang out downtown for an afternoon!

There should be a gang task force down in Rochester if you ask me... and if there is one, they need to get their act together!!  I was there for one afternoon and I could tell that downtown wasn't the same as it was 5 years ago!

Me
Me

There were plenty of somalis around during the 2003-08. Second, there is a gang task force in Rochester and has been for years (including during that period you list). Racism is learned behavior. You aren't born with it and can unlearn it if you want to. You'll feel better about one aspect of your life in this the world. 

Ben
Ben like.author.displayName 1 Like

Isn't it time they head back to Somalia?

TheBlob
TheBlob

Yeah.  They're just here for a fun extended vacation, and they can't wait to get back to all the disease, starvation, and wholesale murder in their homeland.  They should really go back there and stop quietly living in houses, contributing to industry, and minding their fucking business as best they can while being constantly viewed with suspicion and resentment.

Eat shit.  A bunch of shit.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood like.author.displayName 1 Like

 I forgot, they are so ravished that they come here and instantly take up sex traffiking, drugs, gangs and murder.  If you did your research you will see that all immigration tends to have bad groups.  But in this day and age, why are we allowing immigrants in when they have known criminal records, or a history of violence?  If I was an immigrant, coming here for a new life - I would not think, well, I better start a gang, rape, trade young women for money, and break the law.  I'd want to live a respectable life.

skinnymissmeliss
skinnymissmeliss

Let me guess, you're from Rochester!  Probably SE, Marion Road area.  Fucking white trash is what you are. 

Erica
Erica

Isn't it time you go back to Europe?

Karawilsonlash
Karawilsonlash

You are an asshole its people like you who fuckin make all americans look bad. Dude if you had any fuckin common sense of us are really americans or countries was founded by imagrants.

Guest
Guest

Isn't it time bigots like you and JohnnyBeGood be banned? 

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood like.author.displayName 1 Like

Why would you ban someone for stating an opinion.  That just shows your intolerance.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

Everybody has a right to voice their opinions. Being a pc pussy makes you look just as bad.

pirateking427
pirateking427

its also unfortunate that you hide behind free speech like a pussy to justify your racism

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

I don't remember anything about "raising it up a notch".

CP and Disqus own the blog/format. But isn't the purpose of a blog to have a web-based electronic public forum? Anyone on here can be a pc pussy and flag me, just like I can kick someone out of my yard for conducting a forum there. The only difference is my yard was not constructed with the intent of hosting public forums.

People who preach hate are usually pretty easy to defeat, and even easier to ignore. In fact, they'll probably go away if you do. The true race haters are few in number, and are much less of a threat than you make them out to be.

The people I refer to as too stupid to vote are ones that don't believe in the rights of man, and are as oblivious enough to believe anything you tell them each and every time.

green23
green23

 Nobody has a 'right' to comment here. We're all guests.

City Pages owns this forum, and they can allow or disallow anyone that they choose.

Being banned from the CP Blotter forum does not preclude someone being allowed to "voice their opinions".

That's about as stupid as saying that anyone should be allowed to come on to your property and "voice their opinions" any time that they want, for any length of time, on any subject.

Personally, I see absolutely no "upside" for CP becoming the "go to" place for hate speech.

As an aside, I would note that you have repeatedly made comments to the effect that people who disagree with your political views should not be allowed to vote because they are "too stupid". Perhaps you are not the courageous defender of civil rights that you imagine yourself to be.

green23
green23

 I see we've abandoned the idea of "raising it up a notch".....

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

It's unfortunate you hate free speech. If every aspect of the life you create for yourself is as shitty as your retarded posts, why even live?

Get out and get some. You'll understand once you open up.

theoko
theoko

Actually, the bigots look worse...odd that you don't pick up on that.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood like.author.displayName 1 Like

Sad.  Special Interest Groups just go to isolate and inflame the issues at hand.  Where was the Council of Islamic-American relations when Somalian men were found guilty of  sex trafficking?  Where were they when Somalian gangs have raped and murdered innocent people?

By not understanding the bad and the good it's difficult to address the idiots that have racist views.  Suppressing the bad and highlighting the good just goes to fuel it.

green23
green23

 Where were you when any white guy committed a crime? Where were the idiots who vandalised someone's home when any white person committed a crime? Apparently they are setting themselves up as spokespeople for the Caucasian race, right? Hence, their invocation of the Klan.

What do you expect CAIR to do, anyway? The aren't law enforcement. Do you expect them to hold a press conference saying that Muslims suck? Did you hold a press conference to say that white people suck when Amy Senser was convicted? Are you suppressing the bad and highlighting the good by failing to do that? Why did the Klan fail to weigh in on Senser's conviction? You didn't think this through, did you?

If CAIR defended Muslim criminals due to their faith, I guess you would have a point. They don't, though, so you have no point.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood like.author.displayName 1 Like

 I think everyone knows that Amy senser is a crack slut.  It's been mentioned enough times.  I find it ironic though that white people don't have lobbying groups to protect white people from non white crime.  But, non whites do.  Crime is crime, and it should be punished accordingly.  Where there is an action there is a reaction.  When does an action become a reaction?That fact is racism should not be tolerated, be it against blacks or euro-americans.

pirateking427
pirateking427

my flagging finger is getting a danm fine workout thanks to you johnny keep posting asshole ill flag more of youre stupid hate filled comments

Joe
Joe

 Uh.. they were busy NOT defending assholes.

Asshole.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood like.author.displayName 1 Like

 No they weren't they were extremely quiet on it.  If you are going to represent an organization or a group of people - you better be prepared to defend the innocent as well as speak against the bad.Therefore, if they really care about Somalian families here - they would be working to prevent Somalian gang activity which is rampant in MN.  They should be united against crime.  But they are not.  They are just here to cast a shadow on crimes against "their people".

T_bone_30
T_bone_30

 Congrats on being an asshole!

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