Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Blog
A positive article about both Detroit and Arab Americans. That is what Time featured in this piece “Arab Americans: Detroit’s Unlikely Saviors,” highlighting Arab American contributions to the city in its time of economic struggle. The Arab American community in Detroit produces “$7.7 billion annually in salaries and earnings,” which helps keep the city steadfast in the face of generally diminishing opportunities.
On the outskirts of Detroit is Dearborn, the thriving city with the highest concentration of Arab Americans in the country -- one third of the population.
Among those featured in the article is AAI friend and chairman of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, Ahmad Chebbani, who notes there are more than 15,000 businesses in the area that are owned by Middle Easterners. Recognizing the instrumental role that Arab Americans played in reviving the city while acknowledging the turbulent situation many escaped in their home countries before coming, local political science professor Ronald Stockton jokingly said “Thank you war and bloodshed, you saved my neighborhood.”
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