hen asked about the incident ahead of Friday’s game against the Indians, Astros manager A.J. Hinch was initially at a loss for words. Then he delivered some honest and powerful words that everyone would be wise to pay attention to.
Dan: I work for a division of a city/county government in Wisconsin. My job is to assign benefits such as EBT (food stamps), housing (rent), energy assistance (heat/electricity), etc. Our county saw an influx of Somalian refugees about five years ago. Based on government mandates I issued benefits to many people. When dealing with the Somalian people, they actually received better benefits than most of my other clients. Yet they always wanted/expected more than they were entitled to. They were extremely rude and at times caustic. And the Somalians refused to wear traditional (safe) clothing, instead they insisted on wearing their long robes and clothing. Because they refused to dress in acceptable clothing they were virtually unemployable. You just can't wear certain clothes while working around machinery for safety reasons. Yet many employers were accused of being prejudice. It had nothing to do with ANYTHING except safety in the work place. Not only their safety but the safety of their co-workers. One local company bent over backwards, forwards and sideways to accommodate the Somalian people. After a few weeks the Somalian workers (who were of the Muslim faith) would walk off their job to pray. Eventually the company allowed the workers 15 minutes to pray. It wasn't enough, and they demanded more time TWICE per shift to pray. The company could do no more and refused. Eventually the Somalian population here discovered that they could get better benefits in Minnesota. This lead to all of the Somalian population in my county moving to Minnesota. No kidding. In all honesty, I and others in my office said "good riddance!" It had absolutely nothing to do with religion or prejudice. My whole point is, IMHO, that the Somalians ARE second class citizens because they will not conform to the American way of life. If they feel like second class citizens so be it. They are no longer in Somalia but are living in the United States of America. Conform to the standards of our way of life. It's that simple. If they don't like it, GO BACK TO SOMALIA!!!