November 13, 2007, - 1:14 pm

Hamtramckstan: Detroit Suburb Says “Erase Polish Heritage ‘Cuz We Are Muslim”

By Debbie Schlussel
Readers of this site are familiar with Hamtramck, Michigan. I’ve written plenty over the last several years about this city surrounded on all borders by Detroit. It was a city of Polish Catholics, and my Polish great-great-uncle Chaim had shoe stores there at the turn of the century (that century).
Now, as I’ve repeatedly written, it has been taken over by Muslims mostly from Yemen and Bangladesh and encountered the extremism, religious intolerance, and violence that Islam often brings when it reaches critical mass in a Western setting.
Today’s Detroit Newsistan his an interesting, but not surprising, story about how Hamtramck is erasing cultural symbols and icons of its Polish heritage at the insistence of Muslims. A cafe that close up shop featured murals of Polish history and culture. The city bought them with an eye to putting them in a future museum of the city’s history. But that’s not what Muslims want, nor even the current Polish mayor of the town, Karen Majewski:


The recent closure of a longtime city landmark, the Holbrook Cafe, has prompted city officials to snap up the iconic restaurant’s murals of Polish history — and inadvertently sparked a debate about how the diverse city should remember its history.
City officials were among those who bought the colorful murals of Polish dancers, icons and composers with an eye toward incorporating them into a future museum about the city’s history.
But the one-time Polish stronghold now teems with those who trace roots to the Middle East, Africa and Bangladesh. As the pieces wait in storage while officials mull their fate, discussion is surfacing about how many of the images would be appropriate for a museum that’s in the works.
“Hamtramck is really conscious and really protective of its history,” said Mayor Karen Majewski, who, with a city resident, paid $80 in an auction at the cafe last month to take possession of about 16 of the indoor murals. “The murals are really priceless.”
The cafe, known to generations as a hot spot for wedding receptions and live music, featured a large mural outside tracing the history of Poland.
“Anything Polish in there (the museum) has to have a specific Hamtramck connection,” Majewski said. “We have to make sure all the city’s ethnic groups are represented. Our history is being made today as we change the full range of history and cultural life should be represented.”
Hamtramck is long remembered for its influx of Polish immigrants in the early 1900s when thousands flocked to the 2.2-square-mile city for jobs at the now-closed Dodge Main plant.
The population soared from 3,500 to more than 48,000 from 1910 to 1920, said Greg Kowalski, chairman of the city’s Historical Commission. Its population has since declined to about 23,000, and Kowalski said about 23 percent of residents are Polish. [DS: Greg Kowalski is also an editor and reporter for a local rag newspaper and covered my 1998 race for the Michigan House. He’s an uber-liberal, a creep, and a liar. If his skills as a “historian” are anything like those of his as a “reporter,” he simply isn’t one.]
Now, nearly 30 languages are spoken in the city’s schools with ethnic groups ranging from African-American to Bangladeshi, Indian, Bosnian, Russian, Arab, German and Mexican.
But as times change, the Polish influence in the city should be remembered, said Chris Cornwell, 37, a resident. He said the cafe’s 4-foot-wide by 8-foot-tall panels depicting Polish philosophers and leaders help preserve the memory of his ancestors who once comprised 99 percent of the city.
“For a period of Hamtramck’s existence, the Polish culture was extremely defining,” said Cornwell, a lifelong resident. “This was a town made famous by Poles. This can be seen as the end of a cultural era for Hamtramck as it transitions into its next form.”
But Bengali resident Shahab Ahmed said factoring Muslims and other groups into the historical equation is increasingly important today.
“When you go to a city museum you look for your own history. I’d like to see when Bengalis came to their power and moved in and Arabs and also African-Americans,” said Ahmed, who was elected in 2003 to Hamtramck’s City Council as the first Asian immigrant and Muslim.
“That will make people excited to visit more.”

And people wonder why I call it Hamtramckstan. A rose is a rose.
Coming in a generation or two to your city. Americastan is almost here. And in some places, it’s already a foregone conclusion.

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11 Responses

Standard islamic MO. Nothing to be surprised about.

Witch-king of Angmar on November 13, 2007 at 2:21 pm

I am outraged with the mentality that is displayed by Shahab Ahmed, a city council member no less, which is disgustingly common among the Islamic ideology community.
This is in direct opposition of what Colonel John Francis Hamtramck, which immigrated to this nation and valiantly dedicated his life to, now colonizes in this city.
“Colonel John Francis Hamtramck”
The text from the Michigan Historical Marker:
John Francis Hamtramck was a native of Canada who dedicated his life to the new American nation. Born in 1756, Hamtramck fought in the American Revolution. He distinguished himself during and after the war fighting both Indian and British forces. In 1787 he was made commander of Post Vincennes in the Illinois Territory. There Major Hamtramck was instrumental in negotiating a peace treaty with area Indians.
In 1793, Hamtramck was named lieutenant colonel in the forces led by General Anthony Wayne. The next year, Hamtramck was cited for bravery in Wayne’s decisive victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers. In 1796, Hamtramck, a newly appointed colonel, was further honored when he was given command of the fort at Detroit which had previously been in British hands. Except for two years, he remained there until his death in 1803. In 1798 one of the four townships in Wayne County was named for this military hero.
Located in Veterans Park, 3128 Goodson St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Parking available.
I beg to differ with anyone on Islam being a religion; it is a cult of hatred.

West Dearbornistan on November 13, 2007 at 3:47 pm

Why don’t you learn about the cultures you’re supposed to live with?
Or is multiculturalism a one-way street?

PJ on November 13, 2007 at 7:23 pm

Ahmed said: “That will make people excited to visit more.” LOL !
Earth to Ahmed, NO ONE is going to be “excited” to visit Hamtramck – what a nut! This is beyond absurd.
Debbie- what is with the ad for muslim marriage “partners” on your site? And, don’t they have arranged marriages?

CarpeDiem on November 13, 2007 at 10:36 pm

And if people of a different, and non-muslim,race /religion,wants to move in to such an area,and erase muslim heritage, do you honestly believe muslims will let that happen? Hell no, they will react as they always do – with relentless violence. And,given the racist Black/Muslim majority of Detroit, they will side with them, as will all areas of the media.

OldSchoolW on November 14, 2007 at 12:41 pm

And if people of a different, and non-muslim,race /religion,wants to move in to such an area,and erase muslim heritage, do you honestly believe muslims will let that happen? Hell no, they will react as they always do – with relentless violence. And,given the racist Black/Muslim majority of Detroit, they will side with them, as will all areas of the media.

OldSchoolW on November 14, 2007 at 12:41 pm

I moved out of Hamtramck after they started blaring the Islamic call to prayer over speakers into the city. I don’t blame Ahmed so much, I blame people like Gary Zych, Karen Majewski and Thomas Jankowski for selling out the Poles for years now. I can’t believe Karen Mejewski actually supported the Islamic prayer thing. Unbelievable. Dzien Dobre!

Ted Cikowski on November 16, 2007 at 11:09 pm

Let me guess- the next thing in Hamtramck will be a Jihad to purge and prevent the local deli’s from selling kilebasa, right??

Mistress_Dee on November 17, 2007 at 9:16 am

A little off topic, but in the same revisionist realm is this- I live in San Diego. There has been a push throughout Californication for years by atheists to rewrite the culture here- anything refelective of the strong influence of the Catholic Mission system in settling California seems to be a fair target, even down to the level of taking imagery and even naming out of the current mainstream thought- anything starting withe the word “San” or its feminine form Santa, seems to be up for grabs in renaming. The long running fight in San Diego over the cross on Mt Soledad is indicative of this. There has been a cross of some form or another on top of the Mountain going back to mission times. It’s the hightest point in the city limits and it’s also a reference for navigation out to sea. The latest incarnation of the cross was built in the 1950’s as a Korean war memorial.
For almost 20 years, there has been an athiest push to eliminate the cross from atop Mt. Soledad. It hasn’t succeeded – yet. it’s still there, but it’s a controversy that never ends and the legal battles go on and on up to the federal level.
Why is it felt necessary to deny the historical and long standing cultural aspect of a location to satisfy the outrageous sensibilities of a few?
Maybe the recent landslide on the east side of Soledad that choked off the highway was a message from God saying- stay away. If the west side sufferes a similar landslide and blocks the other side in the near future, perhaps there’s a message in that. (just kidding but it seemed appropriate).
Of course, at least out here, the atheist revisionists have to contend with the overwhelming influx of illegals who already regard this as THEIR culture.. interesting conflicts ahead…
sorry for the hijack.. carry on.

Mistress_Dee on November 17, 2007 at 9:28 am

Arent You joyful,Ms Schlussel? I mean,You hate your Polish heritage? Although, indeed,I guess you dislike Muslims even more,am I right?

Felek on June 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

” And,given the racist Black/Muslim majority of Detroit, they will side with them, as will all areas of the media.”

The majority of Detroit is Christian.

Keep in mind Nation of Islam is a racist religion that has little to do with Islam (read up on the history) and they are seen as apostates by Sunni/Shia Muslims. Yes, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, and Warith Deen Muhammad DID convert to Sunni Islam. But Farrakhan is still NOI and took control of the movement Warith left.

Jenny Feldman on December 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm

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