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“No one, I don’t care what color, what faith, should be dehumanized like that,” Tlaib told The Arab American News. A month later, Dearborn Police fatally shot Janet Wilson, a black woman they accused of using her car as a weapon to run over an officer who stopped her.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.

“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.

After the shooting of Alton Sterling and Filando Castile, Take On Hate organized a meeting between black, Arab and Muslim activists to explore ideas to increase political solidarity across communities.

Jermaine Carey of the Muslim Center Detroit urged sincerity in compassion.

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.

Almost half a century later, complaints of racism and fears of white-led gentrification are rising in Detroit.

Meanwhile, Arab Americans who gained a foothold in the city by expanding their small business ownership after chain stores left, continue to struggle with their own identity, unable to agree on their place in the race construct and power structure.

In 2014, a prominent Arab American activist from Dearborn was arrested during a protest against police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri.

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