In a grocery store parking lot in south Minneapolis, Somali college students hold a fundraiser, offering car washes for $5. Ifrah Esse, 26, is one of the organizers. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and now works as an international sourcing specialist for Target. “Twenty years ago, I was in a predicament where I was in a refugee camp,” she says. “And no one could imagine that here today, being a college graduate and working, that that was me, 20 years ago. But I know. That was my reality. When I see pictures, when I see people starving, when I see people that have no hope — I can relate to that.”
“I just really am troubled by the fact that the government is involved in something as directly related to someone’s personal life as abortion, and I feel hypocritical in voting to support this because I’ve always raised my four daughters to make these kinds of decisions on their own. There’s a lot of non-facts in some of the things that have been said — they make it sound like you go in to get a hamburger and you have an abortion, without any medical exams, no check-ups, no discussion. But the medical society strongly disagrees with this, and my daughter is a physician and she strongly disagrees with this too. So I’m trying to be open-minded.”—
The Daily Beast talked to Heidi Beirich, research director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors the rise and rhetoric of hate groups, about Anders Breivik’s animosity toward Islam, and its parallels with American anti-immigration groups.