Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad is among them. He estimates that he has received 10,000 anti-Muslim “hate e-mails,” some calling him a “Taliban police chief” or alleging that he’s persecuting Christians.The senders assume he’s Muslim because of his last name, Haddad says,Ugg nouvelle collection even though he’s a Christian of Lebanese descent.Like Alawan and Haddad, many Arab-Americans in the area trace their local roots back generations. The first big wave of Middle Easterners arrived in southeast Michigan around 1910 to man Henry Ford’s automobile plants in Highland Park and Dearborn.
Those immigrants were mostly Christians from the area that is now Lebanon but was then part of the Ottoman Empire.“Ford seemed to think that that this particular segment of the empire was industrious and productive and a good source of cheap labor,” said Saeed Khan, a lecturer in Islamic history, Ugg nouvelle collection politics and culture at Wayne State University in Detroit.Khan said Ford also favored immigrants from that region because, unlike some other groups, they tended to be light-skinned.
After the defeated Ottoman Empire was carved up at the end of World War I, Christians were given favored status in the newly created Lebanon,Ugg nouvelle collection provoking more Muslims to exit the region. Some wound up in new Arab strongholds like metro Detroit.“Especially after Henry Ford announced the $5 workday, (immigrants) would get off the train in Detroit looking for work, and police would pick them up and take them to Ford’s Rouge plant to apply,” Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly said, referring to a huge Dearborn manufacturing facility that opened in the 1920s.