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The Letter: An American Town and the 'Somali Invasion' (2003)

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In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy a firestorm erupts when 1,100 Somali refugees relocate to predominately white Lewiston, Maine.

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In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy a firestorm erupts when Mayor Larry Raymond of Lewiston, Maine sends a letter to 1,100 newly arrived Somali refugees advising that the city's resources are strained to the limit and asking that other Somalis not to move to the city. Interpreted as racism by some and a rallying cry by white supremacist groups across the United States, THE LETTER documents the crossfire of emotions and events, culminating in a "hate" rally convened by The World Church of the Creator and a counter "peace" rally involving 4,000 Lewiston residents supporting ethnic and cultural diversity. Written by Marc Sandler

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22 November 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I just saw this compelling documentary called The Letter. Some poor Somalis moved to a town in Maine called Lewiston. It seems like everything was going very well for these refugees despite the fact that the American soldier who died and his naked body pulled on the streets of Somalia came from the next town. Until the neo Nazi's pulled their heads from the long sleep and shouted about the danger of having these monsters move into our community. Fear guided their actions and triggered exactly what they wanted. These racists cost the town, aside from the hefty price tag, a tremendous amount of anxiety, pain and sleepless nights. Thankfully though, Mainers are wonderful people who came out in droves to support the new comers...at the end, these neo Nazis indirectly united that little town and showed the real metal of these great people.


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