“I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America,” Bourdain continued. “There are a hell of a lot of nice people out there, who are doing what everyone else in this world is trying to do: the best they can to get by and take care of themselves and the people they love. When we deny them their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views, however different they may be than ours, when we mock them at every turn and treat them with contempt, we do no one any good.”
Ilhan Omar’s election to the Minnesota legislature representing district 60B is a powerful symbol for 21st century America. Historically, she is the first Somali-American in the country elected to a state legislature. Personally, she came out of war-torn Somalia, through four years in a refugee camp and to America, where she was able to build a new life along with the vibrant East African immigrant community in South Minneapolis.