For years I have been writing about the refugee resettlement program here: Refugee Resettlement: The quiet Jihad tsunami that is wreaking havoc on "gateway cities" like Lewiston, Maine; Shelbyville, Tennessee; St. Cloud, Minnesota; Clarkston, Georgia; and Jamestown, North Dakota. (here)
More deeply disturbing is the UN decides who gets refugee status. I have recounted the subsequent sometimes violent repercussions of these "religious" communities attempting to advance Islamic supremacism by targeting gays and hurling stones at them, trying to impose Muslim prayer on the public schools, imposing sharia law on these workplaces in America (go here and here and here and here and here and here)....
More on al hijra here.
Brian Mosely, staff writer for the Shelbyville Times Gazette, contacted me on the topic of Somali immigration in that small Tennessee community. He has written a number of articles over the past three years dealing with the strains and culture clashes that have occurred as a result of that.
In his email, Mosely describes the Islamic supremacist propaganda war being advanced by the notoriously left PBS (your taxpayer dollars at work) and the Arabist State department:
One of these stories took the national stage in 2008 when the Times-Gazette reported that a new union contract at the Shelbyville Tyson Foods facility replaced Labor Day as a paid holiday with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr.
Following that, a documentary crew came here and shot "Welcome to Shelbyville," which will air nationwide, May 24 on PBS..
The film received financing and support from progressive migration advocates, with the hand of George Soros thrown into the mix, and has also been sponsored by the state department as overseas propaganda. The "propaganda" label comes from no less an authority than the New York Times
I am in the film and after seeing it in October, found it a completely biased distortion of what has happened, one that depicts myself and Shelbyville as "unwelcoming." In short, they came to town with a prearranged agenda to link the community with the Jim Crow past and the KKK and then proceeded to stage events with the Soros supported Welcoming Tennessee activist group, but completely edited out important issues like the communality's reaction and resistance to the demands of the Muslims during the Eid al Fitr controversy. The event is not mentioned at all.
Writing about this topic has so far resulted in my appearance in this left wing movie, as well as a right-wing book. I learned last week that I am in Chapter 4 of Erick Stakelbeck's The Terrorist Next Door, which examines Somali immigration and is partly based on my work from 2007-2008. Erick came down an shot a segment for the 700 Club with me in 2009 about our situation.
It even got so nuts for this country-boy scribe in 2008 that no less an authority than Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy flew down here to meet with me personally in order to pick my brain about creeping Shariah.
This morning, our paper published an editorial calling into question the motives of the filmmakers, and my publisher has allowed me to take them to task for the way I am portrayed in my blog. I detail my experiences with the director, who was only focused on arriving a prearranged story, no matter what the facts were.
Times Gazette wrote of the film here.
There is quite a bit of money and media support for this effort by the filmmakers and the state department, but I feel that the other side of the story is not being told. I am just a small town journalist with only one voice, and now I learn that the state department is throwing their weight behind this slanted film:
Look at the email being sent to journalists from the State Department:
Subject: Press Conference Call - U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program - Tuesday May 24 1:00-2:30
Special Conference Call Briefing:
Refugees in Your Town – Nuts & Bolts Briefing on the
Resettlement of Refugees to the U.S.
The U.S. State Department and the Department of Health and Human Services invite journalists to participate in an on-the-record conference call on the resettlement of refugees to local communities across the United States under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) on Tuesday, May 24 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST.
Eric P. Schwartz, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration; and Ron Munia, Director of the Division of Community Development in the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Dept. of Health and Human Services will give brief remarks to explain their agency’s role in the domestic resettlement process, and then will respond to reporters’ question.
The Departments of State and of Health and Human Services play essential roles in the resettlement of refugees to the U.S., including more than 73,000 refugees in FY 2010. The briefing will provide journalists from around the country the opportunity to speak to U.S. government experts about the domestic resettlement process, including the challenges of local integration, which is the subject of the soon-to-be-released PBS documentary film "Welcome to Shelbyville." The Department of State will host a screening and panel discussion of the film on May 25 which will be open to press (details to follow in a separate Notice to the Press).
Ann over at Refugee Resettlement Watch posted this:
Those comments are from reporter Mosely (whose words and deeds were twisted for the film) from the Shelbyville Times-Gazette yesterday in advance of this week’s debut of a Leftwing propaganda film (Welcome to Shelbyville) to be released widely throughout the US with the help of the US State Department. The reporter and the newspaper are attempting to fight back against monstrous lies perpetrated by the federal government and George Soros sponsored film makers.
RRW Editor: We have followed the making of this propaganda film from the first arrival of the team in Tennessee (led by Kim Snyder) and have posted many times on it. Please return for a moment to read this post in January with background information and links to earlier posts.
It is very important that after you learn the truth about the film that you send the Times-Gazette link to your local reporters and to everyone you know who might see the film. I was told by a reader last night that it will be shown in Emporia, KS this week which long-time readers know was a town embroiled in the Tyson’s /Somali issue in 2007 as well (we have a whole category here at RRW about Emporia). In that city, Tyson’s pulled the plug on the controversial meat packing plant and moved Somalis from the town clearly in response to the upheaval in that city.
It has been my contention from the early days of RRW that the US State Department and its federal refugee contractors are working to supply cheap immigrant labor to the meatpacking industry, as well as to import third worlders to change the political landscape of middle America. They hide behind the cover of a “humanitarian” agenda.
The film’s purpose is to smear Shelbyville as a racist town and shame any other town into silence that might have a problem with third worlders, especially Muslims, flooding their communities.
Know that the US State Department will be promoting this film in a conference call to reporters on Tuesday.
It is so awful (and so scary) to see the lengths our own government will go to to promote lies, and a political/crony agenda.
Here is the opening to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette story yesterday:
As many of our readers are aware, in late 2007, I wrote a five part series about the impact that the introduction of Somali refugees were having on Bedford County. The stories focused on how the refugees got here, their traditions and beliefs, and took an honest look at the many cultural clashes that were taking place between the locals and the newcomers.
The series provoked a huge controversy, along with much discussion and debate from members of our community.
Then, in August 2008, the Times-Gazette reported that a new union contract at the Shelbyville Tyson Foods facility replaced Labor Day as a paid holiday with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr.
That story put Shelbyville on the national stage, with the topic touching off coverage from the national news media, as well as massive attention on the issue from talk radio hosts, websites and blogs, some of which continues to this very day.
The controversy the stories created led a documentary crew to Shelbyville in late 2008 to shoot “Welcome to Shelbyville,” which will air nationwide, May 24 on PBS at 9 p.m.. The film received financing from progressive migration advocates, and has been sponsored by the state department as overseas propaganda. The “propaganda” label comes from no less an authority than the New York Times.
I viewed the film twice in October of last year during its local premiere, and found the filmmaker’s depiction of myself and the stories published by the T-G to be a monstrous distortion, with an incredible series of blatant omissions and dishonest misrepresentations that was obviously designed only to advance the political agenda of the filmmakers and the progressive organizations that funded and supported its production.
While the filmmakers certainly have a right to express their views, in the process, I feel they have engaged in a completely unfair character assassination of both myself, the Times-Gazette, not to mention how the entire city of Shelbyville is depicted.
They have told their story. Now, I shall tell mine.
I was planning to give readers more excerpts, but I want you to go to the original story and read the whole thing (with links)—it is so shocking! And, as I said in January, someone should write a book about this—about the making of Marxist/Socialist propaganda in the modern day.