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>> When the Super Bowl plays out on February 4th in Minneapolis, it will take place right across the highway from one of America's largest Somali communities. I'm Chris Kenny with Reuters News. Many in the community known as Little Mogadishu, which is the cultural heart of nearly 50,000 refugees, immigrants and citizens, are anxious about the national spotlight that the Super Bowl will bring.
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Partly because they feel like they've been unfairly portrayed as a breeding ground for terrorism.>> As you know, Super Bowl, everyone is coming in to enjoy their time and have fun with family members, friends. And the least thing we should be concerned about is events that happened years ago.
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>> Now, security will be extremely tight at the Super Bowl. Nearly 60 agencies will be providing very intense security. And that's made some in the Somali community nervous. Part of the reason is that, in recent years, nearly 20 Somalis have left Minnesota to join extremist groups, including ISIS and Al-Shabaab.
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Now, local leaders say that those issues have faded and that was several years ago. But the stigma has remained. And they're anxious about crowds coming in and also the security presence.>> If someone would feel uncomfortable, it would be our community because the misinformation that was put about us.
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Going to the Superbowl right now, I'm avoiding.
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cause someone might look at you and say, look at that person, the way he looks like or he might be a threat.>> But at the same time, many see it as an opportunity because many Somalis will be working security, driving taxis, cooking traditional food in cafes.
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And they're hoping that interactions with visitors and all the media attention will help to change their image. As one local leader said, visitors will see a different Somali community than is often portrayed on the news.