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    Racist Fireworks Found Being Sold in Wis.

    Some of you may recall me mentioning that MN has the largest Somali Muslim community in the US. As with most people in MN who like fireworks, they drive to WI to buy them for the 4th...


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    Racist Fireworks Found Being Sold in Wis.

    You may be used to seeing fireworks with names like 'Seaside Garden,' 'Burst and Bloom,' or 'Red, White, and Boom.'
    But the product names of fireworks at one Wisconsin fireworks stand are nowhere near as benign. Some say they're more than inappropriate--they're racist.


    Some of the novelties sold at Fireworks City in Baldwin, Wis. are sparking controversy in the Arab and Muslim communities.


    On one side of the packaging for 'Run Hadji Run' fireworks, men of Middle Eastern decent are riding on camels with a bomber plane flying above them. On the other side is an angry-looking Uncle Same yanking the beard of what looks like a Muslim man.
    "This is just outrageous," said Kenya McKnight. What comes in my mind, is that people will get idea to pop fireworks at Muslims."


    The fireworks were being sold for $30. While the owner didn't want to comment on camera, customers had a lot to say.


    "To me it sends a clear message that Muslims are terrorists. ‘Run Hadji Run’—I’m going to throw some fireworks and I want to see you run," McKnight said.


    The Council of American-Islamic Relations of Minnesota issued issued a statement about the fireworks, explaining "Hadji is an honorific term for those who have completed the pilgrimage to Mecca, but has been often used as a derogatory term by U.S. Soldiers during the Iraq War."


    After 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS visited the store and brought attention to the offensive fireworks Friday, they were pulled off the shelves.


    The manufacturer, Missouri-based Red Rhino Fireworks, says they haven’t sold the product in several years. CAIR-MN also wrote a letter to the company's president, asking for him to offer an apology to the Muslim and Arab community.


    The fireworks with the questionable names are illegal in Minnesota.

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    ...Wow, really?
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    That's messed up.
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    That's really sad...
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    Not that I condone this in anyway, but I am curious what statement The Council of American-Islamic Relations of Minnesota issued when al-jazeera, cnn, abc, nbc, nickelodeon shows burning of American Flags in middle eastern countries.

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    I don't think news footage of something mildly unpleasant, like burning a flag, that actually happened is quite comparable to a fictional cartoony endorsement of genocide on the packaging of a holiday item. Apples and oranges.
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    They are all quite relative. Burning of a flag is the most offensive statement one can make of a country. It is symbolic for destroying the country... utterly. A very large number of people in the US take real offense to this. Not too long ago you could get arrested for doing so.

    My point is that here there is a moral fiber that recognizes offensive statements and tries to put a stop to it. But it seems to be encouraged elsewhere.

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    yet if they showed a drunk Irish man and it was named Gaelic Thunder no one would say a word........
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