Anti-Arab Discord Divides City in MI

July 22, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

On July 22, 2004 The Washington Times reported, "The suburban Detroit city of Dearborn Heights is struggling to suppress anti-Arabic sentiment in a community split geographically. The city's dividing line is an east-west route called Ford Road, south of which a steadily growing number of Arabic families live, the Detroit News said Thursday. In the suburb, the Arabic population has increased 400 percent since 1990, sparking some social discord. Controversies in a local school district over a Muslim holiday and the serving of halal, or Islamic-blessed food, to students helped drive a huge voter turnout for the school board race in June."