- The Washington Times - Friday, May 8, 2015

A Detroit news anchor is facing backlash after she appeared to make a connection between Michigan’s large Arab community and claims that the Islamic State is operating in several states in the U.S.

“Given the fact that we have the largest Arab population outside of the Middle East, I guess this should not come as a real surprise,” WDIV anchor Carmen Harlan said during Wednesday night’s broadcast, Mediaite reported.

Several organizations demanded that Ms. Harlan and the network officially apologize.

“This shocking lapse of professional conduct was directed against law-abiding citizens who strive to create vibrant, diverse communities wherever they live,” said Fatina Abdrabboh, director of the Michigan American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Progress Michigan’s Executive Director Lonnie Scott called Ms. Harlan’s comments “an example of racial profiling at its worst,” Mediaite reported.

In Thursday night’s 11 p.m. newscast, Ms. Harlan apologized during the follow-up.

“In no way did I mean to imply that because of our community’s makeup, there was a higher risk,” she said. “That was never my intent. For that, I apologize.”

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