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Dearborn Resident Reports Ethnic Intimidation

The following information was supplied by the Dearborn Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

A Dearborn resident reported several instances of ethnic intimidation within the past week, according to Dearborn police reports.

The man told police that around 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, he found a Nazi symbol staked into the ground in the front yard of his home on the 5600 block of Horger; later that day, he found that two small Israeli flags had been taken from his front porch.

Then around 9 p.m., the man said, he was on his front porch when a grey Pontiac G6 with four women in it drove up in front of his house and the driver asked him "Who took your flags?"

The man replied that he didn't know, to which the woman retorted, "I took your flags" and reportedly gave him the finger.

On Monday at 2:30 p.m., the man was again out on his porch when four men in a black Chevy Trailblazer drove up and similarly, yelled at the man and flipped him off.

The man reported both incidents to Dearborn police Monday afternoon.

For questions on the police blotter, email jessica.carreras@patch.com.

AC January 29, 2013 at 01:04 PM
This appears to be the house at the northwest corner of Horger and Ford Rd. The homeowner certainly has every right to fly whatever flags he likes, however, his intentions are really questionable. He is attempting to provoke the kids from the high school across the street. Grow up.
marooned in Dbn January 29, 2013 at 02:02 PM
The only flag that should be displayed out in public should be the American "stars and stripes" flag, if in the territory of the United States. However, I have at times displayed historical American flags, such as the 1775 Gadsden flag. ( I flew this one until the "tea party" hijacked it.) Now I occasionally use the "Navel Jack" flag. This flag is flown on all U.S. warships until the "War On Terror" is over. I don't recommend the flying of the Isrealii flag in a place like Dbn, where ppl might have a negative reaction, for various personal reasons. (common sense) This is like flying the Nazi flag on a building in front of the Jewish Defense League headquarters. Acts like these could be construed to be considered provocative.
laplateau January 29, 2013 at 02:33 PM
I am sure this person flying the Israeli flag has ulterior motives given it is being done a across the street from a high school that has a majority of their students being Muslim , but that should NEVER be a reason that others should not respect their right to do so. And, placing Nazi emblems on a person’s front lawn certainly can be construed to be a hate crime under existing law...not to mention the theft of the flags. The Muslim community should be embarrassed and ashamed of such action and those that drove by giving obscene gestures and comments should be condemned as well. I constantly see cars in Dearborn sporting the Lebanese flag as well as other Middle Eastern country flags from the rearview mirror. I have seen them on front porches as well. Those that come here from the Mideast fleeing their oppressive governments, and/or seeking the freedoms and privileges that America offers to all, should then never strike out against anyone exercising their constitutional rights, not matter how reprehensible they might think they are. I find the actions of those that placed the Nazi sign as well as those responsible for the theft of the flags to be utterly unforgiveable. I would like to hear the Muslim community speak out against this type of action, which surely they would do if it were a perceived affront to their religion.
marooned in Dbn January 29, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Lets not forget to mention those that fly Mexican flags either. These ppl, for the most part are fleeing Mexico not only for economic reasons, but also for reasons of personal safety, due to the massive war that is ongoing due to out-of-control drug gangs, which almost equal the strength of the Mexican Army. I believe that at least 50,000 people have already been slain. (some with weapons supplied by our govt.). Like you who have seen Lebanese flags, I have seen a lot of Mexican flags on cars and porches also. Some of these flags are flown by members or supporters of groups like "La Raza", which means "the race". They are really Mexican nationalists, who want to reclaim territory lost to Mexico in 1848, namely the American southwest. Some of these, if not most, live here while agitating for their positions,and, collecting welfare and healthcare from the U.S. They are also, from what I hear, exempt from the provisions of the "Healthcare Bill". Also, my mentioning of the Nazi flag was only hypothetical, to illustrate a comparable example. BTW, I have also saw Italian, German, and other flags on the bumpers of cars, and on porches. While this is harmless, I stick to my opening statement in my first post.
Millie January 29, 2013 at 04:34 PM
This is ridiculous behavior . Don't know what the reasons are for flying his flag? Maybe he is Israeli? Maybe he has friends there? Maybe his favorite color is blue. Children of all backgrounds should be taught tolerance, no matter where they are from. Clearly these high school kids have been taught its ok to bully if you oppose the persons viewpoint? How very sad.
laplateau January 29, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Marooned...I agree. The difference in those exhibiting Polish, German, Irish, (etc.), flags are that they are not the ones that strike out against others who fly the flags of other countries. They are proud to be Americans, and proud of their heritage. In most cases, however, I think it's silly, but I respect their right to do so. I go along with your position of American flags being what each American be proud enough of to fly. If nothing else, we need a lot more patriotism in our county rather than all the attention given to “diversity”. With a bit of research, diversity can be found to be linked to the Latin word "divertere" which means "to turn aside; separate; divert, turn away". The concept of diversity has gained such momentum that people seem to be searching for a way to be different from one another... one group (ethnic, religious, racial, economical, or a plethora of other perceived differences) against another to the extent it has resulted in just that…a separation. This results in a lack of national cohesiveness that is so needed today. The biggest difference in today’s immigrant and that of yesteryear is that they don’t seem to want to jump into that “melting pot” to become Americans proud of their new country, but instead want to demand special treatment and attention because of their origins. And, our politicians seem to want to do all they can to garner just that so they can appear to be their champions. It worries me.
AC January 29, 2013 at 06:11 PM
You are correct in that children should all be taught tolerance. But at the end of the day, they are children. Why is it acceptable to provoke these kids? Just like the 'missionaries' that rode into town for the Arab Festival and picked fights with children, it seems people are looking to get a rise out of anyone. Terry Jones tried desperately, however, people just ignored him. So now these rabble-rousers are going for the low hanging fruit. And it's always acceptable in Dearborn.
Chicago Way January 30, 2013 at 12:12 AM
It is not uncommon to display the flags of other nations in the US - it may even be a rich American tradition - especially around certain dates. On February 12, Shrove Tuesday, Polish bakeries will feature pączki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C4%85czki. In Hamtramck, Michigan there is an annual Pączki Day Parade where Polish flags will be displayed. On March 17, St. Patrick's Day, there will be many places and especially Irish bars and places in Corktown proudly displaying the Flag of Ireland http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Ireland. On May 5, Cinco de Mayo, there will many places and especially around Mexicantown displaying the Flag of Mexico http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Mexico.
hd January 30, 2013 at 02:15 AM
don't these idiots know that the nazi's hated and prosecuted arabs the same way they did the jews and other races!
laplateau January 30, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Chicago...I agree, as I said above. It is fine that various ethnicities display the flags of their national origin, but they must never swear allegiance to any other flag than that of the U.S....and NEVER fly it above the American flag!
Sadie January 30, 2013 at 02:34 PM
I agree with you Millie! My mother always taught me if you don't like something someone else is doing that doesn't cause harm (i.e. flying a flag of another country) turn your head the other way.
Patriot January 30, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Flying the flag of another country on American Soil is th saying ye wrong message to send about the country of the flag you choose to fly. You are showing you have love for your country, but America is where I choose to live, my country isn't a good place to live.
Sara February 02, 2013 at 03:51 PM
How do you even know Arabs did it? Don't just assume.

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