Somali-Americans reflect on caucus chaos

  • Article by: Eric Roper , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 12:46 AM

Tuesday night’s altercation ended a Minneapolis caucus early and raised questions for Somali-Americans.

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summer12Feb. 5, 14 9:59 PM

You left your country because of too much fighting. Immigration reform, the #1 issue facing America.

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cathy1114Feb. 5, 1410:09 PM

if you want to participate - Learn English. Get on the same page as everyone else

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birdpeepFeb. 5, 1410:10 PM

I hought they just come here to work?

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cootoriginalFeb. 5, 1410:13 PM

I hope members of the Somali community read about past occurences in United States politics before they blame themselves too much. Democracy isn't always pretty. Sometimes in the heat of opinions things can get uncivil. Not to say that they should, but it happens. Educate your members, and you will learn as you go. It's not like it hasn't happened to veteran citizens before. Accept it, correct it, but move forward.

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wulffie22Feb. 5, 1410:28 PM

Kahn has been in office since 1972? I don't think it is supposed to work that way.

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twistshoutFeb. 5, 1410:32 PM

From the article: “You have to be impressed with their passion for democracy,” said Oliver, who would like to see better voter education. “Because there were more people in that room interested in a caucus for state representative than … precincts less than a half a mile away that only had four people show up.” Wouldn't a more accurate sentence be; You have to be impressed with their passion for power? Because forcing yourself on people isn't really democratic is it Mr. Oliver?

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donm251Feb. 5, 1410:36 PM

The Caucus went by the wayside of the typewriter. The election laws should erase the caucus laws and move to a Primary

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wade63Feb. 5, 1410:42 PM

Welcome to the warlord world of politics Dems. Maybe we start to question the adage that is accepted as fact "There is strength in diversity." Nothing could be further from the truth when that is tested in real life. I'm for being open minded - but this is the mentality that the Democratic Party has fostered - all cultures (ways of doing things) are equal. Somalia is a mess for a reason and it's okay to say those methods are not acceptable in a civil society. Sorry to be so politically incorrect, but they almost make me feel sorry for Ms. Kahn.

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sjhuotFeb. 5, 1410:45 PM

I'm sure this kind of stuff never happened among other immigrant groups in the US. Oh yes, that is sarcastic.

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pipdipchipFeb. 5, 1410:49 PM

This certainly doesn't help the situation for a group of people in this state that already has a less than stellar reputation. They need to come together as a community before things get worse. They already have a very poor image among many in Willmar and St. Cloud where there are large Somali populations and will soon in the cities if things like this continue to happen.

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