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Not a Unique Experience

Reader comment on item: American Muslims in the Liquor Business

Submitted by Jew from Newark (United States), Jul 18, 2010 at 03:30

The experience described isn't unique to the Muslim immigrants of Toledo, Ohio. Many small retail package goods stores were owned by first and second generation Jews in and around Newark, NJ for exactly the same reasons that Muslim shopkeepers found the trade so enticing. Their customers were working class men,early on German and Irish, and in later years, Black. The profit margins enabled the merchants to send their children into the professional classes, just as these Muslim immigrants have and hope to. To be clear, selling liquor was hardly an admired cultural value in the Jewish community for obvious reasons.


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