The Washington Post
In the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents tense about its future
By Sarah Pulliam Bailey November 21, 2015
HAMTRAMCK, MICH. — Karen Majewski was in such high demand in her vintage shop on a recent Saturday afternoon that a store employee threw up her hands when yet another visitor
came in to chat. Everyone wanted to talk to the mayor
about the big political news.
Earlier this month, the blue-collar city
that has been home to Polish Catholic immigrants
and their descendents for more than a century became
what demographers think is the first jurisdiction in the nation
to elect a majority-Muslim council.
And while Majewski advocated
to allow mosques
to issue calls to prayer,
she understands why some longtime residents are struggling
to adjust to the soundthat echos through the city’s
streets five times each day.
More than 44% of Hamtramck's population is foreign born, compared with Detroit's average of 5.1%.
Edited by Savile Row, 22 November 2015 - 10:07 AM.