Violence increases in Grand Island between Somali and Sudanese refugees
Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 23, 2008
Update: Here is another story about the violence in the apartment complex housing African immigrants in Grand Island.
The apartments may look quiet during the day, but residents say come dark, they’re a dangerous place to be.
Now, before you read this post, please go back and first read about what is happening in Greece (here) where these two longtime African enemies are slaughtering each other with machetes on the streets of Athens. And, just think about what we have imported.
Apparently the mostly Christian (according to news accounts) Sudanese are in an apartment complex just across a parking lot from the building housing the Muslim Somalis and violence has been on the rise ever since the tensions escalated at the Swift & Co plant in that town. From the Grand Island Independent:
Two group attacks were reported in the past week in two neighboring east Grand Island apartment complexes in what appears to be a case of retaliatory violence.
In the first, a Somali man reported being beaten Thursday morning by a group of Sudanese men outside his apartment on Yund Street.
In the second, a Sudanese man reported being beaten Sunday morning by a group of Somali men on the stairs leading up to his apartment on Sutherland Street.
The two assaults were part of more than two dozen calls to those two apartment complexes over the past several days, said Capt. Robert Falldorf of the Grand Island Police Department.
“It’s pretty much been an every-night deal,” Falldorf said.
Falldorf said he doesn’t believe the incidents were related to the ongoing dispute over time for prayer at the JBS Swift & Co. plant in Grand Island.
Kind of coincidental then isn’t it, that the violence is on the rise in the time since the Sudanese refused to go along with the Somalis in their demand for special religious accommodations at Swift.
A report from the local TV station says violence is on the rise since the protests at Swift.
Grand Island police say altercations have increased between Somalians and Sudanese at a G.I. apartment complex since protests began at JBS Swift.
Authorities say before the protests, fights between the two groups were much less frequent.
I wish I could find one of those do-gooder speeches at this moment—you know the speeches where we are lectured about how diversity enriches our lives and our communities, and anyone who doesn’t know that is a racist xenophobic hatemonger. The do-gooders must think that America has some magical power—one step on American soil and a meatpacking job is like a magic wand that will erase centuries of African hatred.
This story thanks to our chief research associate, Blulitespecial, who must be up from his siesta.
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