October 6, 2022

OPINION: Minneapolis Somali girls ambush; What happened to the culture?

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The recent invasion by a group of girls in Minneapolis has caused an alarm for Somali parents to be more aware of their children and what influence they could have. In other communities, parents wisely warn their children to refrain from listening to rap music in fear of being influenced by the lyrics and hype the music brings. Many Somali parents had migrated to the outside world and settled in towns where debates were taking place on rap and violence in which they couldn’t understand due to language barrier. 

The early 1990s were the time of racial tensions in America with the Rodney King incident of police brutality resulting in riots in major cities across the US, The early 1990s was also when the Somali civil war had erupted, resulting in mass exodus of Somalis from the country as refugees and settling across the world.

Without any warning, Somalis were forced to utilize their adaptability skills and settled into the countries while trying to hold onto their traditions and faith. For years, Somalis were sometimes isolated due to sticking together, however, it brought a sense of peace for any Somali to know that there is another Somali who is willing to go all out to support them. 

This is where the key term ‘Somalinimo’ comes into play. 

Somalinimo is a fascinating phenomenon that touches the nerve, but that is for another story.

The point is, as a community, we need to be aware of the lives our children in the west are growing up into. It is not wrong to guide, support and speak with your child. It is fundamental that you can build a relationship with your child and to understand that, in the era we are living with social media and how news can spread fast, we have to make sure that our children can have a level of authority around them and to not expect for them to understand what is wrong and right in a confusing world.

Those young boys and girls who had invaded and tasered another mother were wrong and there is no justification for their actions. They had no right whatsoever to go into another property and attack in the manner that they have. 

However, as a community, we have to understand that emotions can be high, especially with that of teenagers. But as adults, we shouldn’t let our emotions dictate our judgment in the consequences to a group of youths who have been, evidently, with the hoodie and dress code, influenced by rap culture, a culture that even those who had created the content, will tell you is now in the wrong direction. Rap is poetry but hijacked by major corporations and their hired ‘lil actors’ who are playing in a major game to divert the attention and thinking of the next generation. 

We must make sure that we are aware of the major game being played for our children’s minds and we already have our culture that has, on many occasions, reminded us of the threats through poetry or ‘gabi’.

Do we really want to criminalise our children?

It is high time that as a society that we follow that of those many; when our children reach the age of an adult, send them to Somalia to experience life and the struggle of those their age and the challenges faced. This alone will help support the teenager to grow mentality and spiritually; appreciating what they have; a culture that is full of high spirit, freedom, love and the will to go on, despite everything. 

Let me be specific, I’m not talking about chains but by persuasion; to be an adult.

If they agree, then take them home, sharing with them the dream you had for your country and to the place we were privileged to have grown up. 

Let them see grandma or grandpa; let me see the farms; let them see Afgooye, Medinoo or Lido Beach.

Many would jump and say ‘hey, ain’t that dhaqan Celis’? 

No, it’s called refinding yourself. 

Hooyo, Aabe, please be aware of your child. 

Young boy or girl; You have your life ahead of you. You have a beautiful country that is waiting for your leadership. Life is not the streets but relaxing by the beach, drinking coconut juice as you proudly say “This is my country”.

Somalia is waiting for you.

You have an obligation. 

Be smart. 

Mohamed Hassan – Social Activist – Can be on contacted on moxassan1@gmail.com

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