As most metro Detroiters know, Dearborn, home to the Ford Motor Company and Carhart workwear, is also a peaceful melting pot of Muslim and non-Muslim Americans alike. But for some it's become a rhetorical punching bag, the target of bigoted conspiracy theories. The Daily Beast attempts to set the record straight.
Folks invested in harmful myths about Dearborn, Stockton says, have “a social and ideological location within the population. They’re almost all on the right, they’re almost all Republicans, and they’re almost all over a certain age.”
It’s part of a broader cultural battle, said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.“These people feel like they are losing their America, because the true America is reflecting and embracing more diversity,” he said. “… Many are using the politics of fear to galvanize their bases.”
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