The headline of a recent New York Times editorial suggested that allowing foreign Muslims to “settle Detroit” is an ideal way to restore the largely destitute city. Authors David D. Laitin and Marc Jahr offer some theories to back up their hypothesis, including the fact that Detroit’s economic crisis and Syria’s civil war are potentially complementary humanitarian crises.
In the authors’ opinion, largely Muslim refugees from Syria would make an “ideal community” to assist in restoring Motor City, since “Arab-Americans are already a vibrant and successful presence in the Detroit metropolitan area.”
Based on evidence suggesting those currently here are often successful in business, the editorial posits that another influx of thousands from a similar culture could fare just as well. While they admit that we “cannot know for sure,” Laitin and Jahr cite anecdotal evidence that victims of violent crime “become more active citizens than similar compatriots who have not suffered from these traumatic events.”
Laying out the various federal agencies that would need to work in tandem to make such a project work, the authors concluded that their plan is “eminently feasible.”
To foster the diversity often exalted above all other considerations, the editorial also emphasized the role of “African-Americans and Latinos” in the future of Detroit.
The authors did address some of the concerns they acknowledged opponents might raise upon hearing their plan. For critics of any plan that would facilitate such a rapid immigration, however, the explanations were insufficient.
Readers left a variety of comments in response to a Right Wing News article about the editorial. Reaction ranged from a denunciation of the authors – and the Times – to assertions that Islam is fundamentally incompatible with American values.
At least a few pointed out that Laitin and Jahr seem to be addressing Detroit’s problems without acknowledging their root cause.
“You still need to get rid of the liberal idiots ‘running’ the city,” one reader insisted.
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