Andrew Zimmern Discusses Twin Cities Police Violence, Racism, Humanity on Sway in the Morning

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern is a Minnesota celebrity. His trips around the world for his show, Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel, Zimmern recently told radio, Internet and TV personality Sway, was more about connecting and respecting other cultures by making an introduction through food to start dialog and share the human experience.

Sway has been spending a lot of time in Minnesota lately, as the Minneapolis-based hip hop label Rhymesayers has been greatly expanding its spring time SoundSet festival in the Twin Cities. Sway has hosted his Shade 45 program Sway in the Morning at SoundSet. Sway and Zimmern are also friends as evidenced from the discussion in this video. Zimmern's son's first concert was actually an Atmosphere show in the Twin Cities.

Sway interviewed Zimmern and asked him about the current frustration, violence and division in Minnesota and specifically the Twin Cities. Zimmern also mentioned the division within the community and its large Somali and African population, whom have recently faced prejudice after some young men were caught leaving to go fight in Syria for the Islamic State. He also mentioned the rapid growth of "non-white" people in the state and the social problems that have arisen from this rapid growth in such a short period of time for people who were so used to living in a majority "white" area of the country.

Zimmern stressed the importance of respect and treating each other like decent human beings. He said he is pro police but also very much pro people. He said there is a clear pattern, based on both fact and observation, of police abuse toward African Americans and other racial minority groups (though Zimmern also alluded to the fact that "whites" are quickly becoming the minority in this country and noted that his son's classrooms are majority "non-white").

Zimmern lives in Minnesota with his family, is Jewish American and was raised in New York. Zimmern loves Minnesota, though, and in addition to his TV show series, he also works on podcasts like "Go Fork Yourself" and operates his own unique branded food truck. Zimmern said people in America respect other cultures' foods more than they do the culture from where the food came and that's a problem.