Dearborn likes to boast that is has the highest proportion of Arab Americans in the country. But according to the U.S. Census, about 89 percent of the city’s approximately 100,000 people are white.
That’s because according to the United States’ government, Arab Americans are white.
“It’s a real mis-identifier [sic], you know,” said Michigan-based comedian and writer Amer Zahr. “It’s one thing to not be identified. It’s worse to be misidentified because we’re not white in any way that ‘white’ means.”