The photo essay by Olivia Arthur originally appeared in Pacific Standard, our editorial partner for this project and whose July 2017 issue is a collaboration with Magnum Photos. Here, Olivia Arthur writes about meeting with entrepreneurial women of an area of Minneapolis known as Little Mogadishu due to its high concentration of Somali immigrants.
I had arrived in Minneapolis more or less directly from London and, like a clichéd European, found the whole place to be very ‘American.' On my first day, I mentioned this to a woman I met at Mixed Blood, the theater housed in an iconic old fire station right in the heart of Cedar-Riverside, and she laughed, “You’ll be the first person to come here and think that it looks American.” Cedar-Riverside, often dubbed ‘Little Mogadishu’ is home to the largest Somali population in the USA and stands in stark contrast to much of the rest of the city. It is a striking-looking development, high rise, and high density but a bit isolated and visible for miles around. I did hear people living there referring to it as ‘the ghetto.' Trump had suggested on his campaign trail that the community is a recruitment ground for terrorists and there is a definite wariness of how they are portrayed in the media.
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