Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: “Travel is fatal to prejudice”

Les Patterson????????s Monday Morning Boost:
??????Travel is fatal to prejudice??????

??????Travel is fatal to prejudice?????????????

So penned Mark Twain over a century ago. I echo the same today as my travels find me visiting Detroit, Michigan, famous for the music of Motown and well-known as Motor City USA.

I????????m here in Detroit with my father and several siblings visiting our sister Kris and her husband Fadi for their daughter????????s baptism. The visit has also given me the opportunity to explore a little of the Arabic culture with Fadi and his family, some of who have just recently arrived from their native Jordan.

Nearby Dearborn, home of Henry Ford????????s automobile legacy, has also long been home to America????????s largest Arab population. According to Wikipedia, 40,000 Arab Americans, approximately 40% of the city, call Dearborn home. The city is full of ethnic shops offering services in both English and Arabic, including two we visited Friday night.

Al Ameer Restaurant on Warren Avenue offers of delectable menu of Middle Eastern delicacies. We dined on tabbouleh (a spicy chopped parsley salad), shawarma (a collection of skewered meats on platter ???????? lamb was my favorite!), kefta (a spicy ground beef packed on a skewer), and kibbeh (a football-shaped breaded croquette stuffed with beef or lamp). Dinner was followed by a trip to Masri Sweets, an Arabic bakery, for a delectable sampling of baklava (nut filled pastries) and kanafeh (a warm cheese pastry soaked and thickly drizzled with a sweet sugar-based syrup).

Our Arabic culture experience was not limited just to food. Fadi????????s parents, Zuhair and Abyyah (pronounced uh-bee-uh) shared their experience living around the world as Zuhair worked as a Jordanian diplomat to several countries including Switzerland, Syria, Lebanon, the former Soviet Union, and even the United States. Other family members shared their experience living in Egypt during the start of the Arab Spring revolution two years ago, recounting tales of emergency evacuations, massive protests turning violent, and even witnessing public executions.

Here????????s the rest of Mark Twain counsel: ??????Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one????????s lifetime.??????

I hope my travels this week have indeed prove ??????fatal to prejudice?????? by giving me better understanding of the beautiful Arabic people and the some of the delights of their culture.

Have a great Monday. Thanks for letting me share!

Les Patterson

p.s. Take 15 minutes today and gain ??????charitable views?????? by reading about another culture or planning some travel.



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