Lewiston, Maine, Mayor Rebuked for Advising Somalis to Assimilate

By:  R. Cort Kirkwood
10/11/2012
       
Lewiston, Maine, Mayor Rebuked for Advising Somalis to Assimilate

The mayor of Lewiston, Maine, is in hot water for telling immigrant Somalis that when they land in his city, he expects them to shed their native culture and become Americans.  The remarks have sent leftists in the state into a rage, demanding that Mayor Robert MacDonald resign.  MacDonald hasn’t apologized and he isn’t going to resign.

The mayor of Lewiston, Maine, is in hot water for telling immigrant Somalis that when they land in his city, he expects them to shed their native culture and become Americans.  The remarks have sent some in the state into a rage, demanding that Mayor Robert MacDonald resign.  MacDonald hasn’t apologized and he isn’t going to resign.

In the last 10 years, Somalis have flooded the city thanks to the resettlement efforts of the religious left, and they are draining the city’s welfare resources.

MacDonald's Remarks
During an interview with the BBC recently aired in the United States Mayor MacDonald uttered the following remarks about the Somali immigrants who have settled in Lewiston: “You come and you accept our culture, and you leave your culture at the door.”

According to the Maine People’s Alliance, MacDonald is a racist. And his latest remark isn’t his only one outside what the left defines as acceptable discourse. The MPA insisted:

Over the past few weeks, Lewiston Mayor Robert MacDonald has made a series of inflammatory anti-Somali remarks.

First, he used his column in a local newspaper to complain that “submissive Somali women turn into obnoxious customers at the grocery store cash register.”

Then he dismissively told a BBC documentary crew that “you know what, when you come here you accept our culture and leave your culture at the door.” This brought national and international criticism to himself and the city he represents.

Instead of apologizing for his statements he went even further in remarks to local television stations, saying “These people are yelling about I'm insensitive to their culture, well if it’s so great why aren’t they back in Somalia. Why are they over here?” and “don’t try to insert your culture, which obviously isn’t working, into ours, which does.”

He has been dismissive of any criticism, writing that “these complaints are coming almost exclusively from boo-hoo white do-gooders and their carpetbagger friends” and “a small number of extremist white liberals and their African surrogates.”

He told NECN TV that “if you think I'm an extremist, then I consider you the enemy.”

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Photo: Somalian Ismail Ahmed, left, argues with Jeff Thorsvali prior to a march of support for the Somali community, Oct. 13, 2002, in Lewiston, Maine: AP Images

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