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Arab store owners in Detroit are being killed for and sometimes,” an Arab American engineer told the Arab American News in 2014, with underlying racial tones.
He was stating that he stands with the police against Black Lives Matter protesters.
Gas station and liquor store owners have been targeted and sometimes murdered by robbers who happen to be black, igniting racial animosity.
“We should stand by our principles and recognize the authority of the law.
“There are black people who get shot and killed in Detroit on a daily basis,” he said.
“I caution people against centering Arab life as if it’s more important than the overwhelming majority of people who get shot in Detroit who are actually black residents.” Walid pointed to the discrepancy in police presence and response time between the greater downtown area and the mostly black neighborhoods on the east and west sides, where Arab Americans own gas stations.
Simultaneously, local Arab social media users were calling the protesters thugs.“There are also people who see the City of Detroit as this ‘black space,’ who don’t want to go to the city for that reason,” she said.Howell said some Arab Americans see Detroit as a zone of threat. “No one, I don’t care what color, what faith, should be dehumanized like that,” Tlaib told The Arab American News.