Earlier this week, Dennis Michael Lynch released a short video clip taken from his film ‘They Come to America 3: The Cost of Obama’s Legacy.’ The clip, which can be seen by clicking here, runs for just a few minutes but it has a massive impact. So much so that the video has gone viral on Youtube, and it has triggered outrage in the Muslim community.
In the video, a man named Brian gives DML a tour of Dearborn, Michigan. Brian has lived in Dearborn his entire life. He says he has seen the neighborhood turn “radically Islamic.”
The video has sparked outrage among Muslims in Dearborn. In addition to the fabricated article written by Arab American News, in which DML is referred to as a “radical filmmaker”, Lynch has received a few nasty emails from people who categorize themselves as “Muslim – Americans.”
Below is one of the emails sent to DML, and how he responded to it.
The email from “Raja” is copied in its original form.
To DML, From Raja:
You came to dearborn, with an older guy as your guide. Came up with this negative report about arab americans as a whole, unfairly judged and generalized all as bad unthankful people living in the US taking over American Businesses and forcing out Americans from the area. The gentleman that was guiding you did not mention the hard working arab americans that worked with the big three for 30-40 years generations after generations none of them on welfare and they helped as much as any one else to build this country my father was one of them. It is a shame that you put that report out for people to see and get the wrong idea about arab americans. We have every right to own businesses and make a living for our families just as much as you do! If you didn’t notice those businesses you seemed to focus on so much with the arabic writing on the signs and all those shopping that are muslim wearing traditional muslim clothing are there because it is a place where they can feel more comfortable and understood! A place where they don’t have to be judged! A place where if they don’t speak in english or read it they can get what they need without the judgmental looks! Those Arabian businesses you seemed so focused on also had english translation for those who don’t speak or read arabic and accept any customers white, African american, mexican, regardless what age, gender, religion, or race! As for the bridge cards and benefits, they are in every hand that deserves it from arabs, african americans, mexicans, to white americans. There is no shame to have or use it if needed. i have a question though, are you going to have the same report in mexican town or areas similar about mexicans? china town! about Chinese? or you only concentrating on arab americans? i am an arab american woman proud to be one, i work, raise my kids and i live my life no different than others who are not arab american. I just wish that next time you want to visit our area you get someone less judgmental and doesn’t have personal issues with arab americans and knows a little more about our culture and religious beliefs, and focus more on the good the people of this community have done and achieved!
Sent from my iPhone
I appreciate the email and the time it took you to write it.
I’ve created films and videos about numerous topics over the past 8 years. Three of my films were about the people coming through the southern border illegally and the negative impact they have on American workers. Many of these people are Mexicans, most all of them are Latinos.
A few years ago I made a film that highlights the dishonest media and the dirty politicians they protect. Most of these people are White.
I’ve written numerous articles about Black Lives Matter and the disgusting tactics they use to attack the police and innocent bystanders who get caught in the middle of their “protests.”
When I cover the news or create a video / film, I do not seek out a specific color, ethnicity or religion. I seek the truth. And in this case the truth is this: Of all the places I’ve been to in America, I have never driven through a neighborhood without seeing American flags flying proudly. In the Muslim-heavy neighborhoods I toured in Dearborn, there were virtually no flags flying. If you and your neighbors in Dearborn are so very proud to be in America, then why not fly the flag?
I think immigration is wonderful when done legally, and when done at levels which are manageable. Frankly, I do not see the value of taking in so many people who are dependent on government services. Furthermore, welfare was established as a safety net, not a means of permanent funding.
In order to be an American citizen, one needs to know how to speak English. Thus, I am left to presume the people living in Dearborn who are incapable of speaking English are living here illegally. Perhaps this is why they are uncomfortable?
Last, I have interviewed people from the Muslim community, plenty of times. Unfortunately, time and time again, they never answer the simple questions I ask of them. Please feel free to watch this video:
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