The Bantuization of Maine
New England was just too damned white. It sure needed a couple of African tribes to add diversity, and it got them. The US State Department has admitted over 80,000 Somali refugees to the US in the last 25 years. In 1999, at the urging of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the US government began preparations to resettle an estimated 12,000 refugees from the Bantu minority ethnic group in Somalia to select cities throughout the United States. When they first began arriving, they were resettled among American blacks and many were settled in Geogia. Soon enough, their handlers did their research and discovered that the State of Maine's liberal welfare system was much more generous, and with help from white agencies, a good many Somalis moved from Georgia to Maine and were soon joined by other tribesmen moving directly to Maine from Africa.
The federally contracted Catholic Charities, the only refugee resettlement contractor in Maine for 30 years, played a huge role in bringing the first Somalis to Maine. They did not hit upon small Lewiston, Maine by chance, but through research, and the news that a nice town in Maine was a perfect destination even reached as far as the refugee camps in Kenya! Since the city of Lewiston had an old policy of providing local general assistance to anyone in need, the Bantus got a triple dip: Federal, state and local handouts. Of course, when Lewiston set up this fund, they never anticipated they would be besieged by thousands of African tribesmen unable and unwilling to care for themselves. Lewiston also offered more public housing than was available in Georgia, especially once poor whites were evicted from Lewiston public housing to make way for the refugees.
Some Somalis even received low-interest loans for businesses in downtown Lewiston without any credit record under an obscure city program which was stumbled upon by their white handlers. On the state level, liberal democrat controlled Maine even has state-funded programs which assists single parents who attend college, programs to help people get a free car, a free supplemental insurance program, a free heat program, free daycare, etc. It was a second Mecca to the Bantu beggars!
Lewiston, a former mill town of 36,000, was virtually all white when the federal census was taken in 2000. Blacks accounted for less than 1.1% of the population. People of French descent were by far the most represented ethnic group in Lewiston, with 29.4% being of French-Canadian descent and 18.3% French-French in the 2000 Census. The influx of Africans changed this overnight. By 2002, the Somali population reached 1,000, and they kept coming in dark droves!
Lewiston’s social network was unable to handle the massive influx of refugees and people worried that they would take away the few jobs available locally (unnecessarily as it turns out since the Bantus were unprepared and uninspired to work for a living). Lewiston, already in trouble as a dying mill town, soon had one of the highest property taxes in the state to cover the added expense. When then 71-year-old Mayor Laurier Raymond, a former probate judge, asked Somalis to stop coming because Lewiston was overwhelmed, he went down in infamy, condemned as a "racist" by the American media. Maine has watchdogs who prevent "hate" who brought him to heel, and he met with local Somali leaders at city hall and vowed to co-operate with the Somali community to "reduce tensions" in Lewiston.
Stephen L. Wessler is the Executive Director of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence (CPHV), located in Portland, Maine, which develops and implements programs in schools, colleges and communities to prevent bias, prejudice, harassment and violence and engages in advocacy to prevent bias motivated violence. Mr. Wessler is the author of The Respectful School and a number of articles, reports and other publications focusing on hate crimes and prevention. And: Mr. Wessler has received recognitions or awards for his work in civil rights from GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders) (1999), the Maine Education Association (1997), the Maine Children’s Alliance (1997), the Maine Civil Liberties Union (1996), the Portland Branch of the NAACP (1994), the Jewish Federation of Southern Maine (1994), and the Maine Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance (1993). From their website: Preventing Hate | Page Not Found
By 2006, there were another 2,500 Somali refugees, most of whom were still unemployed five years after their arrival in Lewiston. Yet Africans continued to arrive in Maine and not just the Somalis, but Sudanese, Congolese and others who have been plunked in Portland and other Maine towns and cities where they have found loopholes in welfare programs and a welcome wagon managed by a slavering bunch of diversity lovers (the Africans, with the help of social workers, have since been encouraged and helped to move to other white communities in New Hampshire and Massachusetts as well).
By some estimates, 4,000 new immigrants had moved to Lewiston by 2008 and dozens were still arriving. Nobody was happy but the Somalis who could enjoy a free feast after circumcising some hapless girl, and once that the Somali population in Lewiston was well-established, they began to demand accommodation of their language, their Muslim religious practices, their rituals and their food tastes. All sorts of bureaucrats were hired to tend their insatiable social needs: teachers, health care workers, extra police, social workers and therapists converged to babysit a people unwilling to speak English, shed their native garb, eat local food or attempt to fit into the culture already in place in their new home.
Catholic Charities continues to resettle new Somalis in Maine. While statistics aren’t yet available for 2009, the number of Somalis resettled was 118 in 2007 and 60 in 2008, the figures dropping remarkably after the State Department had to suspend their "family reunification" program because DNA testing proved there was widespread immigration fraud. The DOCUMENTED number of Somalis was expected to crest to more than 4,000 in 2009. However, in the last few years, Lewiston saw an average of 25 to 30 arrivals a month, according to Lewiston officials (a number not reflected in the Census figures, so who knows?).
Ignoring the reality of the situation, Newsweek put on its multi-colored contact lenses and told its readership that Lewiston has become a "boom town" (!) thanks to the immigrants: When penning "The Refugees Who Saved Lewiston: A dying Maine mill town gets a fresh burst of energy" on January 17, 2009, Newsweek reporter Jesse Ellison miraculously found absolutely no one with a contrasting opinion to her glowing "multi-cultural success" story. Unfortunately, almost none of what the author wrote was true or even close to accurate. While praising the "diverse" haven the city had become and expounding on the virtues of multi-cultualism, it was not mentioned that the predominantly French culture of the city was totally destroyed in the process.
Census bureau estimates show that between 2000 and 2006-2008 the Black population of Lewiston, Maine exploded by 615% and the town’s white population went down about 13% during the same period. Before the Somali invasion, Lewiston had a mere 383 blacks. The mainstream media has consistently celebrated Lewiston's new diversity and painted a rosy picture for its audience.
There were some backlashes. In 2006, 33 year old Brent Matthews of Lewiston got drunk and rolled a frozen pig’s head into a Lewiston mosque. Matthews admitted it, calling it a joke. But law enforcement officers said that Matthews had "demonstrated anti-Somali bias and displayed an anti-immigrant bumper sticker on his car", therefore not only was he charged with the misdemeanor crime of desecrating a place of worship, the Maine Attorney General’s Office decided to prosecute on civil rights violations and wanted him prosecuted under Federal hate crime laws.
This elated the mosque members. Spokesman Abdi Sheikh was hopeful that an FBI investigation into the mosque incident would lead the U.S. Attorney in Portland to press federal charges.
Matthews’ attorney responded, "I’ve been doing this for over 20 years now and I’ve never seen three prosecutors’ offices attempting to get their hands on a misdemeanor charge like they have with this case."
Following this incident, the catholic Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Lewiston, once the symbol of the French American town, was vandalized. Two decorative windows smashed out, and the statues in the back of St. Peter and St. Paul were decapitated and demolished as they were intentionally rolled down the street in what was a clear reference to the pig's head being rolled into the Lewiston mosque. The attack on that church and the paint ball attack on a Lewiston Greek Orthodox church received no mention in the media.
Meanwhile, Brent Matthews was literally being hounded to death. A yearafter the incident, in 2007, Brent Matthews, 34, phoned in a 911 in distress call. According to police, when officers arrived Matthews was outside his car and alone. They tried speaking with him, but Matthews never responded. After just a few minutes, he raised a handgun to his head and fired once, killing himself.
There were other minor incidents which drew the wrath of a liberal Cain. In 2007, a Lewiston, Maine middle-school student was suspended and faced being charged with a "hate crime" (along with other students who were accused of laughing) for placing a ham steak in a bag on a lunch table at which Somali students were eating. Somalis do not eat ham. Police who investigated found that no crime had been committed, and their part of the probe ended shortly after. But not to the satisfaction of Stephen Wessler of the "Center for Prevention of Hate Violence". He viewed this incident as "an awful thing" and "extraordinary hurtful and degrading" and began working with the school to create a "response plan".
In 2008, someone put up a lost dog poster as a joke depicting a vicious "lost" dog named Mohammed. It said that the dog was "not good with children and could not be trusted". This brought about another landslide of overreaction, among them Rabbi Hillel Katzir of the Temple Shalom of Auburn who railed: "Attacking or making fun of any religion is the same as attacking and making fun of all religions. If we don't stop it here, who's next?"
The reaction was much milder in 2009 when a large group of Somali boys approached a Lewiston white woman, terrorized her and slapped her in the back of the head before scattering. Five days later, shortly after midnight, a Lewiston white man was accosted by a group of Somali boys on Main Street. The group punched the man and took money from him, then fled in a car. The same night, a woman in her late 60s was beaten up by a group of Somali boys and robbed while walking in the once-safe park. Five nights later, another man was jumped by a similar group and was beaten badly, requiring surgery.
More than a dozen similar reports went into the Police warning of swarms of Somali boys, some as young as 8, others in their late teens, with clubs and sticks overwhelming solitary victims. One victim who was beaten and robbed by a Somali gang said it was his second attack. In another attack, a woman walking a dog in the park was attacked by a group of Somali males who beat her dog with a stick. Later that summer, an off-duty civilian police employee was eating at a local restaurant when a local white boy ran to the window, screaming for help. He was being attacked by roughly a half-dozen Somali boys who then ran off.
Nor was there much reaction in 2010 when a teenager suffered broken bones and other injuries after being struck by a car and driven by unlicensed Somalian Bilow Farah, 33, of Lewiston (ironically, Farah was featured in a 2008 series by Colby College about the wonderful Somali Bantus who immigrated to Maine from Africa). Farah's Mercedes Benz SUV (!) knocked the girl to the ground and then plowed into seven other vehicles parked in the lot. Witnesses said Farah, who had just dropped off 5 young men at the high school, become impatient and angry with long lines of cars as people waited to drop off their children at the school. She lost it and blasted through a snowbank and careened down the students' walkway and accelerated! Even after she plowed into the student, she continued, crashing into a parked car, then going until she crashed into several other parked cars.
for entertaining reading: Refugee Resettlement Watch
Somalis attacking whites in Maine
Sun-Journal Lewiston, Me. | February 17, 2007