I Visit Little Mogadishu In Minneapolis After Dark. See What Happened Next.
For a while now, Jim has been documenting the stark discrepancy between people’s claims of rampant violence by Somali immigrants in places like Lewiston, Maine and Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s noted police statistics that show that crime has gone down in these places since Somalis immigrants have come to live there.
Still, some people just don’t want to believe the facts. They insist that Somalis are turning American neighborhoods into hell holes. The following comments are examples, among those that we’ve received in response to articles by Jim noting that Little Mogadishu, a neighborhood in Minneapolis with a large number of Somali immigrants, is not really a hotbed of criminal activity.
“Since you spend so much energy defending their reputation, I encourage you to know them the way I and many other students and working poor have known them. That is, try being poor in MPLS and renting the only apartment you can afford near campus. It will most likely be in the above neighborhood. Then, commute by walking. Walk home late at night every nigth because you work late, and then you will see another side of the Somali people. You will see roaming gangs. You will see fights. You will see natives being attacked. YOU will be attacked.”
“I lived in Minnapolis from 2012 – 2014 and what he describes in the Cedar Riverside area is reality. If you are poor in Minneapolis you will be living in a Somali neighborhood and it is not safe. I talked to Minneapolis natives who experienced the change in their city. No one but the farthest left ideologue will tell you that the Somalians have done anything but lay waste to that city… Anyone who’s lived in the Cedar Riverside area for the last 20 years has seen their neighborhood turn to a nightmare, they can no longer walk safely down the street at night… Maybe the author of this blog should go hang out around the “Crack Stacks” (aka Riverside Plaza) from midnight to 3am and see if it changes his tune!”
These people don’t believe statistics. So, they’ve challenged us at Irregular Times to pursue the kind of evidence that they say they believe in: Anecdotal evidence. They’ve challenged us to visit Little Mogadishu after dark – between midnight and three o’clock in the morning – to see how horrible Somali immigrants have made Minneapolis.
So, tonight, I took up the challenge. I just so happen to be in Minneapolis, and I took a walk through Little Mogadishu in the wee small hours of the morning. I even took a video of it so that you can see what I experienced. I warn you, it’s pretty chilling…
… chilling because it’s early April, and that means that the middle of the night is still a bit nippy here in Minnesota, but I wore an extra layer, and got through it fine.
Actually, the video is rather boring. It doesn’t show very much, because after all, it is dark in the middle of the night. I’m not a great videographer, I admit it, but anyone who knows Little Mogadishu can confirm that this is the place.
As part of my filming process, I used an iPhone, which has an astonishingly bright light for shooting video in dark places. It was like a beacon that broadcast my presence, and if anyone had wanted to pick an easy target to attack or steal from, this bright light showed me to be this person. I might as well have shouted, “Hey, everybody! I’ve got an expensive piece of electronic equipment that you could steal from me! Come and get it!”
No one bothered me.
Here’s what happened to me in Little Mogadishu: I passed a couple of people on the sidewalk, and they both said “Hello,” and passed on.
It was pretty peaceful, actually, very quiet.
We were told: “You will see roaming gangs. You will see fights. You will see natives being attacked. YOU will be attacked.”
I saw no gangs, roaming or staying still. I saw no fights. I saw no one being attacked. I was not attacked. It looks like a fine area to live in.
Here’s another bit of the video that I shot while walking through Little Mogadishu. Again, I apologize for the poor video quality.
I did have some challenges during my walk in the middle of the night. I was sleepy, a bit. There were some nice looking shops that I wish had been open, but we were told that the criminals of Little Mogadishu would be most active after midnight, so, that’s when I went.
I did see a bunny rabbit crossing the sidewalk, but that’s as close to wild life as I got.
I could really use a cup of coffee, but otherwise, I’m okay.