Friday, June 3, 2016

Blending Cultures

          The first Somali immigrants that came to the united states arrived in the 1920s and settled around New York. In the 1960's Somali students began traveling to the United Stated, either supported by government scholarships or by family members living in the country. A lot of Somalis were brought here by Lutheran Social Service back in the 90's. A lot of Somalis were brought to America due to the civil war of 1991 and moved to Minnesota from other states for jobs. Almost every Somali in Minnesota who came her between 1991 and 1998 worked at the chicken factories in Faribaiult and Marshall.
          According to 2010 American Community Survey, there are approximately 85,700 Somalis in the United States, and around 25,000 of whom live in Minnesota. They reside throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area and the surrounding towns. Many Somalis inhabit Minneapolis Cedar-Riverside neighborhood particularly newly arrived immigrants. Somali professionals often move to the suburbs to raise their children in a more secure environment away from the inner city. Although Somalis have established ethnic enclaves, there is an easy commute between Somali areas and the wider metropolis.
          Somalis in Minnesota have established many community enterprises. in 2006, they accounted for $164-$394 million in purchasing power and owned 600 businesses. Minneapolis in particular hosts hundreds of Somali- owned and operated commercial ventures.
          The Somali community in Minnesota is represented by various Somali-run organizations. Among these are the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota and Somali American Parent Association, which offer a number of social services to the state's resident Somalis.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


After September 11, 2001 Muslims have been treated different ever since. I feel like they have been treated with disrespect. It's the person that does the harm, not the religion. If you are a white male and go to an airport chances are you will pass through security with no problem. If you are a Muslim wearing a hijab they will likely take extra precautions and extra security on you. The random checks are supposed to be “Random,” but they don’t appear to be that way. About 28 percent are stopped by police as a result of racial profiling.
A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found that 22% of Americans don’t want a Muslim as their neighbor, despite the fact that wherever Muslims live in the U.S., property values rise. 39% percent also said they favored requiring Muslims, including U.S. citizens, to carry special identification. By 2007, about 700,000 Muslims in America were interviewed by the FBI. According to the FBI, anti-Islamic incidents were the second least reported hate crimes prior to 9/11, but following 9/11, they became the second highest reported among religion-bias incidents. Nearly 75% of Muslim Americans either know someone who has or have themselves experienced an act of anti-Muslim discrimination, harassment, verbal abuse or physical attack since September 11.
Islam and Muslim continue to be dehumanized.
A Muslim social service providers report a very high level of mental health problems. The pressures Muslim Americans face is indicated by the fact that many have chosen to live abroad to avoid the difficulties of living here, to the extent that there is on mosque in Dubai where sermons are delivered in English, because the congregation is essentially made up of Muslim Americans. Also, reports in the New York Times and other media outlets have noted that a number of Muslims have changed their names to avoid the discrimination they expect to face in all areas, from employment to housing.
This is what terrorism and war on terrorism has given to Muslims in America.

Monday, May 2, 2016


We should be able to live in a place where we can walk around the streets and feel safe in our our town. Now a day no one feels safe even though we have cops to "protect" us no one is feeling protected in this country. People with different skin besides whites are terrified and threatened when they go do something, and they should we haven't given them a reason to feel safe. Every time a cop sees someone with a darker skin the cop feels like are being threaten, so they have to pull out their gun to make themselves look bigger. We put this big stereotype on black people saying there going to hurts us all, and that they are more violent people, but when it comes to it we made them look like that. When we pull out that gun even if they aren't doing anything bad it shows that you are in fact scared of them enough to kill them. What makes blacks more scarier than whites? We have everything inside us the same, the only thing different is the skin color, so why are blacks being threatened more than whites? Also, why are cops so quick to attack they don't really even think about it they just go and do it, and for what to makes themselves look like thy're some tough guys that are in charge of our everyday lives.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Drug Abuse Resistance Education or commonly known as D.A.R.E is a school-based substance abuse, gang, and violence prevention program. Since 1983, 70,000 police officers have taught the program to over 200 million K-12 students worldwide. The program is supposed to help teenagers for when they get older, so that they can prevent teens from doing drugs or any other substances. I think that when it comes to the program it doesn't necessarily do it job, since you are talking about the drugs teens will want to know what its like, so they start experimenting. All the people that I know that have been though D.A.R.E are abusing or has done one of them sometime in their life. Proponents say that D.A.R.E. has helped prevent drug use in elementary, middle, and high school students. They contend that D.A.R.E. improves social interaction between police officers, students, and schools, is the most prevalent substance abuse prevention program in the United States, and is popular with kids and parents. Opponents say that dozens of peer-reviewed studies conclude the D.A.R.E. program is ineffective at preventing kids from using drugs. They contend that D.A.R.E. causes kids to ignore legitimate information about the relative harms of drugs, and that D.A.R.E. is even associated with increased drug use. When you’re not in the public of the eye, you tend to think that you are capable to do more things. With that people aren't following you with cameras trying to find something illegal that you’re doing. That's why a lot of people will try more things, because they have an impression that they won’t get caught. Mainly when people are caught they must of been really “stupid”, because people aren't searching for you. You are basically turning yourself in when you take videos or pictures of you abusing substances. When it comes to D.A.R.E I think that starting the program at a young age is not very helpful, because they don’t really know what's going on or what it is. They also don't really have resources to be able to get the stuff they want. Don’t get me wrong its a good program, but a good age would to start the program would maybe be in the ninth grade, since most of them have cell phones and they are starting to get their permit.

Friday, May 15, 2015

10 Days

          I had the Today Show and I wasn't a big fan of it. Apparently it was toward older woman which makes some sense because, it was some stuff that they would like. The news on the site didn't intrigued me to want to read anything on there. It was some stuff on people I have never heard of in my life. That might have been the reason why I didn't like it so much. I like news that relates around me or people that I know. I don't really know why but, I kind of love reading horror or gruesome it just catches my attention and intrigued me to want to read more. I think that I would've enjoyed TMZ or CNN I really like those two types of news sources. I know TMZ isn't a really good one to get actual reliable news off of, but I just like to see what some of the celebrities are up to in their daily lives. When comparing mine to Gawker I thought that they had a better set up then mine. They actually had like main stories unlike mine and the story's popped out a little more. On mine sometimes they would have like random poll about different topics that wasn't even relevant. That website was sill kind of hard to understand or find out what I want to look at or read just because, there was so much on the main page which is causing you to want to look at several stories. Having a lot on the main page is a good and bad thing. I makes people see a lot and want to read a bunch or things but, when they see a bunch of things they can't choose what one they want to read so, they will either not read any of them or just read one of them or you can get the occasional person that will want to read all of them because they just want to know or have the time. The thing that I liked on the Today Show was that all the stories were short and simple and they weren't a long drag. Those are the type of stories that I like to read just because then you don't get sick of the story right away. That's why whenever I wright story's for the Hoofprint I try to keep them short and sweet so it won't turn the reader away because it's too long.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Good Story

I had two sons Alex, and Dylan, and I had a third one on the way. I went to an ultra sound and found out I was having another boy. I wanted to have a girl, so when I found out I was having another boy I was happy, but, yet sad. Alex and Dylan both wanted to have a younger brother and name him Drake which is named after a male duck. When the time came to have the baby all of a sudden it was a girl. They messed up on the ultrasound, but even though they messed up I was happy. I knew exactly what I was going to name her, the second they said it was a girl I said... "Sabrina".