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.

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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.

He suggested organizing joint block parties, sporting and social events across city lines to remove those perceived obstacles. Sally Howell, a professor of Arab American studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, said it is hard to generalize Arab Americans’ racial attitudes about African Americans.

She said there are Arab Americans who live among African Americans and interact with them professionally and personally without having any issues.

Arab store owners in Detroit are being killed for $10 and $20 sometimes,” an Arab American engineer told the Arab American News in 2014, with underlying racial tones.

He was stating that he stands with the police against Black Lives Matter protesters.

“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.

“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.