Minneapolis Public Schools board member Hussein Samatar said Minneapolis South High School is taking steps to confront what parents and students believe is not racial tension, but a lack of leadership.
The press conference follows an incident at the school last Thursday in which a food fight escalated to a melee involving hundreds of students.
"They're blaming a food fight, they're trying to cover it up," said South High junior Adnan Farah. "Don't cover up the story with a food fight. What does food have to do with this? This is a racial problem."
Some African Americans in the community told FOX 9 the Somali students don't appreciate the struggle of the civil rights movement or the historical relevance of slavery -- but likewise, Somali students argue that African Americans know very little about their homeland's two-decade-long history of civil war.
Meanwhile, the rest of South High School seems caught in the middle.
Led by Samatar, the parents-student group at Tuesday's event will "share their concerns around safety, security, lack of support and the alienation felt by the students within their own school."
The district said the open dialogue will go beyond just this recent incident, and address "greater, longstanding feelings of insufficient support and respect for students trying to succeed in America."
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