Somali Bantu Mutual Assistance Association of Lewiston/Auburn
Somali Bantu Community supports our community’s efforts to assimilate and to achieve economic autonomy. These are critical to the well-being—mental, spiritual, and physical—of our members, and they are also critical to breaking down the barriers of racism, that are both external, but also internalized. Unlike the Somalis of Arab descent, the Bantus, who are of African descent, were an enslaved class in our own country. We carry a legacy of “learned helplessness” from the trauma of this status, and our women carry a double burden from internalized racism and misogyny, with gender roles that taught them they had little value and their only place was in the home raising children.