Governor Shows Muslims Are Welcome In MN – Wild Applause Ensues

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During his state of the state address, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton talked about a recent act of racial intolerance that happened in Minnesota. The victim, Asma Jama, was hit in the face with a glass beer mug because she was not speaking English. She required 17 stitches in the face. Her attacker was charged with third-degree assault. Dayton invited Jama to his address and invited her to stand up.

“I ask all of you to join me in showing her, and all Muslim-Minnesotans, the open arms and the respect they deserve. Azma? We’re very glad you’re a Minnesotan,” said Dayton.

Jama was greeted with the loudest applause of the night from both Republican and DFL legislators.

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And tragically, incidents of racial intolerance continue in Minnesota. In November, Asma Jama [Az-ma Jam-a] was attacked in a Coon Rapids Applebee’s because she was not speaking English, although she speaks three languages. Another woman smashed a glass beer mug across her face. Asma sustained cuts across her face that required 17 stitches. She said, and I quote:

“I [can't] believe after all these years somebody hit me because I’m different. Somebody hit me because I was speaking a different language.”

She said she’s feeling ‘traumatized’ and doesn’t feel safe leaving her house alone.

“I’m actually thinking about moving out of Minnesota. I’m scared for my life. I don’t feel comfortable here anymore.”

I have invited Asma as my guest here tonight. I ask all of you to join me in showing her, and all Muslim-Minnesotans, the open arms and the respect they deserve. Azma? We’re very glad you’re a Minnesotan.

Michael McIntee

Michael McIntee is a former network TV news executive with more than 30 years of broadcasting experience. He began his broadcasting career at the University of Minnesota's student radio station. He is an expert producer, writer, video editor who has a fondness for new technology but denies that he is a geek. More about Michael McIntee »

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