South High brawl: Video captures student saying, "Somalis just be getting knocked out!"

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This student required medical attention after police broke up the brawl at South High with a "chemical irritant."
Numerous reports -- including some from our own commenters who have children attending Minneapolis South High School or are alums themselves -- chalk up yesterday's scary lunchroom brawl to long-simmering tensions between the school's Somali and African American students.

SEE ALSO: Brawl at Mpls South High School reportedly involves hundreds, lands students in hospital [UPDATE]

One of many cell phone videos of the melee makes its racial component clear, as a student can be heard saying, "Somalis just be getting knocked out!"

"Hell yeah!" somebody standing next to the student replies.

Here are some other things said by the student during the video, followed by the raw footage:
"Should I just stick a Somalian?"

"Oh! Look at that old-ass teacher getting punched."

"Why do these 'Malis think they hard? They don't [unintelligible] shit!"


Another video posted to YouTube by that same user shows students quickly fleeing after police fired a "chemical irritant" to disburse the lunchroom mob:



The Star Tribune details some of the racial tensions Somalis at South have been feeling. Somalis make up eight percent of the school's students; African-Americans make up 20 percent. From the Strib:
While school district leaders said they didn't know what sparked the fights, students such as Adnan Farah said they were the culmination of increasing racial tensions. "This school is not safe for Somali students," said Farah, a junior. "Throughout this year, there have been a lot of fights." Senior Guled Omar said he and other Somali-American students feel targeted at the school. "I don't know if it's because we're minorities or the newest immigrant group," he said. Omar said that students have complained to the school district and principal about perceived discrimination, but that nothing has been done. School district spokesman Stan Alleyne said he couldn't comment on the students' claims, but added that the district takes any complaints about racism seriously. "It is a safe school," he said. Principal Cecilia Saddler did not reply to messages to comment...

The fighting came two days after an article in South's student newspaper, the Southerner, described Somali-American students' sense that tension around ethnic or racial differences has grown this year. Two students told the newspaper that earlier this school year, a welcome banner in Somali was ripped off a balcony by two students and that a lunch table that primarily had been used by East African students was removed from the lunchroom.

The article also described recent efforts to increase dialogue, such as creation of a Somali Student Association.
Police say seeds for the brawl were planted when one student threw a milk carton at another during the first lunch period yesterday, with the food fight escalating into something much scarier during the third lunch period. WCCO reports on the final injury tally:
Those taken to the hospital were a school staff member, who was hit in the head with a bottle, and three students, who suffered injuries unrelated to the fight, the school said. It did not elaborate on what injured the three students.

Twelve people complained that they had been sprayed with mace. Police at the scene said they had to use chemical agent to get the crowd under control as they were being pelted with objects as they tried to break things up.
Classes are being held at South today, but the school will be on lockdown, meaning "Students will have to stay in their classrooms during class and access to the building will be limited," the Pioneer Press reports.

To see another student-shot video of the lunchroom throwdown, click to page two.

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MotherJones
MotherJones

This whole issue has nothing to do with racism. It has to do with white Republicans who want to instigate a race war. The Somalis and African Americans lived together in peace until Mitt Romney came along and declared Class Warfare. He lied and told the American public that the 47% are welfare moochers and most of them were black. We all know that most people on Welfare are white people. FACT. I am so sick of racist Republicans who think that black people and other minorities are the problem in this country. The problem in this country are evil greedy white people. I applied at Target tonight for a job in their deli. You know what they offered? $10.50/hr. I told them that I have 3 kids to support and that their father is in jail and cannot pay child support, so I told them that I need at least $20/hr. They basically laughed at me and said, "the maximum we can offer is $7.50/hr." How the hell can I support 3 kids and another on the way on $7.50/hr? Republican greed is the reason for this. We need to change this.    

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

This situation is all the fault of our Federal Government.  It is malfeasance.  For years they have allowed both illegal immigraints, and legal immigrants (Somail's - refugees) into the US.

The problem is that there is not enough opportunity (read - good paying jobs) for natural born American citizens, let alone all the other immigrant folks that have been allowed into our country.  Their presence has driven down wages for American born people.

As a conserative / libertairian white person, I understand the African American students anger.  Right now Amy Klobachar is lobbying to allow more H1-B visas for Indian Engineers and Programmers, even through recent IT/Engineering grads can't get jobs.  The BIG Corps want cheap labor.

The US is destroying it's self from the inside out!

Right now - and maybe for the next 20 years, we don't need anymore immigrants.  We need to stabilze the citizen's situation now.

SANDIEWALKER
SANDIEWALKER

This was a racial attack against somalis by african Americans, as shown in the article, somalis were a minotry being targeted for racial abuse! 8 percent of the school targeted, by the 20% african americans, and the 2 % indians!

this is not right and is RACISM!

moore_amanda
moore_amanda

Isn't it ironic that the same group of people that rant and rave about how white people keep them down are turning around and treating another group poorly?!

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

This is what you get when the gubmint is running things.  Just think what they will do to health care.

Basically, South High is a toilet, a cesspool, where children are incarerated and indoctrinated.  Only the most desperate, uncaring parent would allow their child to be in that enviornment.  All you can possibly learn is 'bad behavior'. 

Read up on John Gatto  http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/   This is the NY teacher of the year, who comes forth and admits gubmint edumacation is sh*t.

And for this edumacation we Minneapolis taxpayers pay $21,000 per student, per year!   Wake up people!

Alirox
Alirox

Somali vs African-American is ethnic tension, not racial.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

For those just stepping in, MB is not the real Michelle Bachmann, just a hyper extreme leftist with a serious case of white guilt. HE is kind of fun to watch as long as you know he's the hyper extreme of the left/dem party. Keny may be the other side or just someone who posts to set MB off

BTW in full disclosure I'm a racist I disagreed with what MB said and "liked" a couple of Keny's posts.

Jeannie Stroth
Jeannie Stroth

It's really sad that after all the civil rights movements we are still trapped in a Repetitive pattern of racial hate. And instead of working on correcting to problems most are too busy blaming someone else for the problem.

GassosBack
GassosBack

It's just kids blowing off some steam......like they've been doing for decades. Talk to the "old timers" in the neighborhood about the "Baldys" and "Greasers" from back in the day. Since all these old folks were white and fighting each other that negates any type of "racial thang" with this.

A1batross
A1batross

It's amazing watching the racism and racial concern trolling being projected onto this issue. This is my son's school and his older siblings attended as well, it has been an extremely safe and tolerant school. I suspect that this was less about systemic racial tensions and more about the fact that, according to my son, food fights are a regular lunchtime occurrence and have been tolerated at the school for way too long.

Al Cady
Al Cady

And some sadly never will. There's part of the problem...

Joan Scanlan
Joan Scanlan

Some parents need to learn tolerance so they can pass on to their children....

MotherJones
MotherJones

@East_Coast_Doug  You are an idiot and a racist. Obama promised that he would create jobs not only for Americans but also for immigrants. And look at what a great job he has done. Unemployment is at an all-time low, Obama saved the auto industry, Obama will increase the minimum wage, which will stimulate growth and taxes. Are you that stupid? Nancy Pelosi correctly stated that we do not have a spending problem. We need to spend more and tax more to correct the deficit. Let me guess. You are a stupid Republican who is pissed off that Romney got his ass kicked by Obama. LOSER!   

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Alirox : well, not really. I think most anthropologists will agree that West African peoples and East African peoples are distinctly seperate classifications for people of the negroid race. Just like Oriental and American peoples are distinctly different among the mongoloid race. Supposedly there used to be a more distinct difference between Northern and Southern Europeans of the caucosoid race, but after much intermingling they became more "muttish".

dazzleJ7
dazzleJ7

@CinBlueland why do you feel the need to report this?

Oscar
Oscar

Dude he'll be back in 10 seconds with another username. I didnt even see his comments, but stop being such a pussy.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@dazzleJ7 Trolling MB, apologies. He's just a gift that keeps on giving

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann Nothing worse than a White Knight of the internet.. 

I'm offended!!! it must be some dire plot by the "Man"

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @A1batross MB.. wow.. just wow.. How do you even live in the real world with this much hate and white knight  syndrome?

OMG.. I used a Black sharpie!! I'm a racist for Using something black!!

solodolo
solodolo

@MicheleBachmann I hope that you are the real Michele Bachmann. If indeed you are, unless you have something constructive to say about the situation at hand (I.e. the racial tensions within South HS, and the MPLS School District at large,) then please go back to the congressional district in which you represent and continue to practice your form of "politics" there. 

It is ridiculous that you can read a story of this nature and then try to make it about you. It's not about you, the racist comments in the city pages, or the fact that you feel "threatened" by an internet presence. This isn't the first time you've been threatened on the internet, and it probably won't be the last (judging by your ludicrous policies and your voting history.) 

But I know one thing is for sure; presenting commentary on problems you know nothing about isn't helping the number of threats (or votes) you'll be getting in the future. 

Let's talk about how to fix this problem, or at least make it better. Not pick fights with eBullies. 

Oscar
Oscar

The point is banning him will not stop anything. Do you realize it takes 30 seconds to set up another account? You're like a child asking for help because someone is being mean to you. And I like your hypocrite ways of wanting my address to threaten me when you hate people threatening eachother. Good work.

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