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“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. “No one, I don’t care what color, what faith, should be dehumanized like that,” Tlaib told The Arab American News.
She said there are Arab Americans who live among African Americans and interact with them professionally and personally without having any issues.“If people have an encounter with me, and they have a bad experience, they might say that’s a white lady. But it’s not going to accumulate for white people the same way it’s going to accumulate for Arabs and blacks, because they’re minorities.Not just minorities, but minorities who have this extra burden of having been represented negatively in our society for so long.” Howell said there is a long history of immigrants’ learning the bigoted racial and social hierarchies in the United States, and that could apply for some Arabs.By Ali Harb | Arab American News DETROIT — Arabs and African Americans appear to have a common struggle against white supremacy. Rashida Tlaib participated in a protest demanding accountability for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a Dearborn police officer in December 2015, she received disparaging messages from prominent members in the Arab American community. “The anti-blackness that’s happening across this world is real. She called for sincere efforts among Arab Americans to empathize and understand the state of Black America and police brutality. According to Tlaib, there is an anti-black attitude in Arab societies, even in the Middle East.