But rather than ease racial tensions, the comments from a Muslim organizer threaten to divide.
It was a historic moment Tuesday, but followed by a controversial comment that may create or widen the rift between the growing Muslim and shrinking Polish community in Hamtramck.
“Today we show the Polish and everybody else,” said Ibrahim Algahim in cell phone video.
The comments touched a nerve.
It came after Hamtramck voters elected America’s first Muslim majority city council in a town where the Polish community held the power for decades.
Cathie Lisinki-Gordon, a former councilmember, was one of Tuesday’s losers and was surprised at the comment.
“I’m shocked that he said that. I’m a very good friend of his,” she said. “I cannot believe that he would ever profile any select group. Especially when his community has felt ostracized and profiled for many years.”
The statement was immediately rebuffed by many present at the Muslim candidates’ victory lab
Saad Almasmari, the top vote getter, was one of them