Wednesday, May 05, 2004

And taxis, too! 

I find this story from our local paper amusing. (Note, I'm trying out to see if I can cache the local newspaper since their links go dead in a day. Let me know if it doesn't work.) In a discussion about barriers faced by our growing Somali culture we get these issues:
- Collective blame assigned to Muslims for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

- Resentment from some in the majority community that area schools have provided prayer rooms for students who need to pray during the school day.

- Taunts and insults directed at Muslim women who wear traditional headscarves.

- St. Cloud's taxi licensing rules, which prohibit noncitizens from being employed as taxi drivers in the area.
Now this last one is what delights me. Here we have a city that is supposed to be making great strides in becoming more inclusive, and it has rules that prohibits noncitizens from driving cabs. Have none of these people ever gone to a major city? Silly.