I’ve been told that many of the new small businesses in Dearborn are owned by Christians who escaped persecution in their native ME lands.
There is a strong contingent of Chaldeans in the Detroit area. And interestingly, they are not averse to working behind bulletproof glass.
I believe Chaldeans are the single largest group of arab people in the Detroit area.
They're properly called Chaldeans or more precise, "Baghdad Christians" since they originate from Iraq and they own virtually every party store, gas station and small supermarkets in the city of Detroit at risk of life and limb I might add.
Expand outward into the suburbs, east, west, north and south and you will find the Chaldeans also own all the party stores and gas stations in those areas also (probably all of S.E. Michigan).I have no problem with them only because they work their asses off in their business and their whole families are involved.
They're not overly friendly unless you get to know them as I have done with my local BP that I've been buying my gas from for the past 11 years. I know the owner, his wife and all his kids and they all say HI when I come in. The owner "Brian" is active in his church and almost every weekend during the summer he is allowing some group of kids or teenagers to conduct a car wash at his station.
It irks me to no end to hear these people ignorantly and unfairly lumped in with the actual "Muslims" that populate the Detroit and Dearborn areas.
I play softball with a Chaldean who I once asked what exactly a Chaldean was and what is their affiliation to Muslims. He told me about them being from Baghdad and their absolute hatred towards muslims.........
Moral of story, just because they're from the Middle East doesn't mean they're muslim.........