US mayor: Somalis, leave culture at door

2012-10-04 18:47

Lewiston (Maine) - A US mayor says his city's Somali immigrants should "accept our culture and leave your culture at the door," and critics say he should resign.

The Maine People's Alliance says it has collected hundreds of signatures calling for Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald to step down over his comments to the BBC.

About 6 000 Somali immigrants have settled in the town in search of affordable housing and a safe place to live.

Members of the local Somali community and other residents were gathering on Thursday at City Hall to speak out against the remarks.

Macdonald has tried to clarify his comments, saying immigrants should try and assimilate into American culture, not that they need to give up their language, religion or traditions.

  • shaik.spear.1 - 2012-10-04 19:24

    mr mayor, you dont ask the same of Italians, greeks, portugese, jews, polish, russians, british, germans or any other nationals but you felt compelled to ask this of somalis, was this a case of prejudice or purely a blond moment?

      scott.barkley.376 - 2012-10-04 21:50

      Firstly, just to correct you, 'jews' are not a nation but a religion. Secondly, have you considered what he is objecting to? Do you know what 'culture' is in Somalia? Culture can build or destroy a nation. These people have left Somalia because of the culture that exists there. So why would he want them to bring that destructive culture to his town? I wouldn't want to go and live in Somalia, and I wouldn't want them to start a new Somalia in my town. I would expect them to adopt the culture of the place they choose to live in.

      derek.edwards.75491 - 2012-10-04 22:52

      He does not need to ask the same of the other nationals, just look at SA all the nationals you mention may have kept there identity but they have also mixed and become part of the nation.

  • billy.bunter.779 - 2012-10-04 21:06

    Italians, greeks, portugese, jews, polish, russians, british, germans or any other nationals don't practice female genital mutilation like the Somalis do as part of their "culture"

  • scott.barkley.376 - 2012-10-04 21:36

    The biggest problem with immigrants is that they see that the grass is greener over the fence and decide that they want a piece of it. They fail to realise that the grass is greener there because the people who live there have made it so, through their hard work, culture and social standards. So the immigrants arrive expecting to live the way they did in their old country, where they left a bare patch. If they don't subscribe to the same values and culture of their new home they will turn the green grass into a bare patch too. This mayor was 100% correct in what he said! Worldwide one can see the rot setting in to communities where immigrants arrive and don't assimulate.

  • sam.mooney.794 - 2012-10-05 03:33

    sounds like good advice to me

  • - 2012-10-05 03:45

    Yes they mustgive up their religion and their language and their culture. The their culture is one of death. Their religion calls for the death of all non mulsims.. Actually it is way past time to STOP ALL MUSLIM IMMIGRATION NOW!!!

  • christopher.craig.351 - 2012-10-05 04:01

    The U.S. State Dept. is run by a bunch of communists. They have been doing this to cities across the country for years with continuing bad results. Young Somali Americans have been gang banging and running off to the middle east to do their wild and crazy Jihad thing. Putting Stone age muslims into subsidized apartments in America is just not a recipe for success. It's a no win situation for America, but the democrat party get lots of illiterate new voters. I guess that is really the point.

  • dan.cooper.9634 - 2012-10-05 04:13

    FIFO Fit in or F off

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