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Anti-Somali sentiment or Somalophobia refers to the existence of fear and hostility against Somalis, or their culture.
Anti-Somali sentiment is sometimes referred to by the countable sense Somalophobe or the uncountable sense of Somalophobia, or Somalophobic sentiment. The antonym and opposite sentiment is referred to by the countable sense Somalophile, or its uncountable equivalent of Somalophilia.
The Aughties and early 2010s saw major sporadic outbreaks of violence against Somali shopkeepers in South Africa. This violence has been attributed to jealousy over the success of Somali businesses, and ethnic tensions. However, some writers have attributed such hostility to a wider xenophobia, since other non-South Africa Africans were targeted as well. Somaliphobia has also been reported in Kenya during their invasion into Jubbaland in 2011. Anti-Somali sentiment is sometimes expressed in the context of anti-immigration sentiment. Anti-Somali sentiments sometimes overlap with Islamophobic sentiments. On Oct. 30, 2015, Asma Jama (a Muslim woman of Somali descent and Kenyan nationality) was beaten for speaking Swahili in an Applebee's in the outskirts of Minneapolis. The perpetrator for that violence was charged with third-degree assault. In June 2016, two Somalis were shot after wearing their traditional clothing. A week prior to the shooting, a Somali halal shop in the city was vandalized. Minneapolis City Council member Abdi Warsame discussed anti-Somali sentiments in the aftermath of the shooting of Justine Damond by a Somali police officer.
There are also some pejorative terms that serve to dehumanize Somalis. The term skinnie became popularized with the film Black Hawk Down. The term has been said to allude to reducing Somalis to their humanitarian struggles and National Public Radio has suggested that its usage deprives Somalis of their own point of view. The term Abdi is also sometimes pejoratively used to refer to male Somalis. The Associated Press's stylebook suggested that Somali is the correct demonym or adjective rather than Somalian.