Crossing the Divide

Saturday, Nov 18, 2017



Photo by Brittany Greeson

Crossing the Divide is a collaboration between WGBH and The GroundTruth Project. “At a time of deep divisions in America, we wanted to bring together a truly diverse team of reporters to take the great American road trip and tell stories along the way that enlighten and inform,” said GroundTruth Founder and Executive Director Charles Sennott. In the first of five reports across the country, 

Minnesota is home to the majority of the Somali diaspora in the United States. In many respects, the Somali-American experience is a classically American story, shared by immigrants and children of immigrants before them. Those who remember Somalia’s sun and sands—and civil war—strike a balance between old and new, and contend with the culture of the generation that was born or raised here. But the younger generation navigates a reality perhaps more complicated than the Scandinavians who occupied the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood before them: They are black, Muslim and immigrants in this deeply divided America. 

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