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Attacking the innocent is not the right answer

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The tall, slender, young Somali man ordered fried chicken -- appropriate, considering his likely employment at Tyson Foods -- at the convenience store counter the other night. I was behind him, waiting to make my purchase.

He politely told me to go on ahead of him, despite the fact he was there first. I motioned for him to go ahead.

"Thanks," he said, in heavily accented English.

"Somali," the white, ball-capped, clean-cut young guy behind me quitely told his equally young and clean-cut female companion. "I'd bust their heads. I don't need no excuse."

Suddenly the odor of hot fried chicken was overwhelmed by the stench of bitterness.

Here we have a man, who was minding his own business, being more or less threatened by someone else for just being in a particular place at a particular time.

Shelbyville's gained national attention for the influx of foreigners, many of which fill, or are accused of filling, jobs some feel should be held by Americans.

It goes without saying at this point that many Americans aren't very accepting of these foreigners.

I'm not going to defend an American company for importing foreigners to fill positions, whether or not there's any truth to the claims that Americans refuse to do those positions or demand more pay than rich corporate officials want to dole out.

I wonder if those jobs could be automated. If robots can cost-efficiently build large objects such as vehicles, surely they can kill and skin chickens.

Others may argue the Somali in the store shouldn't be in the United States, or at least in Shelbyville, just because he's a foreigner.

And some people seem to be simply angry at everything and looking for any excuse to rant. Take a look at some of the responses to stories and blogs on our web site, www.t-g.com. Some of those people would have already exploded to pieces years ago if they'd been born as bombs instead of humans.

So you don't want foreigners, expecially those illegally here, in Shelbyville? Then speak out reasonably -- not with foul language or threats -- but take action, which is arguably the so-called "American way."

Complain to Tyson Foods, as if you think you'd be heard. Call the INS and tell them you don't think they're doing their jobs effectively. Demand a raid, as has happened in other cities.

But violence?

It's uncalled for when a polite young man just buys fried chicken -- paying our country/state back with a few cents in sales taxes, by the way -- and someone two persons back stands behind him muttering unreasonable threats.

We have enough problems already in Shelbyville. There's no excuse for causing more by wanting to attack someone just because they're not the "right" -- in someone's eyes -- race or religion. Channel the anger into something more productive.

-- David Melson is a Times-Gazette copy editor/staff writer. He can be reached at dmelson@t-g.com or 684-1200 ext. 229.

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I am reading Mr. Melson's op-ed at a time when I've written about all of the problems going on in Greeley,CO and Grand Island, NE with Somali demands for religious accommodation at two Swift meatpacking plants.


I agree with Mr. Melson that violence or even threatening violence toward individual Somali refugees is deplorable. In America we discuss our differences through the political process, we don't take matters into our own hands.

It is my opinion that the US State Department's Refugee Resettlement Program (which has admitted over 83,000 Somalis to the US in the last 25 years)is in desperate need of reform. One reform that is imperative is that we stop the political correctness garbage that all cultures in the world are the same. They are not! Some people will come here as immigrants eager to be Americans, but so far, the majority of Somalis are making little headway in that direction and seem actually resistent to even trying. By their actions here in Shelbyville, in Emporia, KS, in Greeley, CO, and now in Grand Island, NE, it seems they are working in concert to change us, and ultimately to change America.

So, if you are angry, contact your US Senators and Representatives (they have great sway at the State Department) and other elected officials and tell them how you feel---about immigrants who don't want to become Americans and about businesses that are bending over backward to accommodate Muslim demands or are hiring illegals to the detriment of Ameican workers of all colors and nationalities.

Get involved with political action groups that are working to reform immigration, but take the high road and don't do anything violent. Afterall, we are Americans! And, as Mr. Melson says, using the political process is the "American Way."

-- Posted by Ann Corcoran on Thu, Sep 18, 2008, at 12:00 PM

Very eloquent, that has to be one of the most well said comments I have read on this site,and you even cited your sources! I totally agree with you Ms./Mrs. Corcoran.

-- Posted by t240b on Sat, Sep 20, 2008, at 9:37 PM

We simply cannot continue to hate millions of people based on the actions of only 19 on September 11, 2001. It's time to stop...now.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Sep 21, 2008, at 12:56 AM

Oh my liberalism based on unfounded logic. Tsk tsk, perphaps you should set aside your bleeding heart for a second, purchase a gun and off yourself for the good of society.


Statistics prove that blacks are more likely to commit crime , especially violent ones, compared to whites. It is common sense that a regions stability and economy decline with an increase in African residents.

Ex: All of Africa, Memphis, Harlem.


For those who claim there is no such thing as race, please note the article above. If we are the same "human" race, then why do drugs specifically exist that only have benefits in Africans?

Sickle Cell Anemia and Tay Sachs only effect those of a certain race, or those who have racial ties to them.

The presence of Black Somalias can only mean trouble for the whites living in Shelbyville. It is in our best intrests to fight this influx and ensure a future for white children in this country.

-- Posted by SeiteiSouza on Mon, Oct 6, 2008, at 3:37 PM

They kill 3,000 innocent victims in the World Trade Center and we make a few jokes at their expence...somehow where the bad guys??? Noted-you're right, we won't say anything again. ("We're all brothers....bah, blah, blah"). Grow up!!!

-- Posted by Cornelia.Marie on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 3:16 PM

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