The University of Detroit-Mercy has added a new class to its spring 2015 semester called “Arab Americans and the Law” — which will be taught by comedian Amer Zahr. While a comedian at the helm of a law class might seem funny, Zahr's uniquely qualified for the job: the son of Muslim and Christian Palestinian parents, Zahr also earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The course will "explore the journey of Arab-Americans through the American legal system from the beginnings of Arab immigration to the United States in the 19th century until the present day. Included will be study of legal cases involving Arab Americans in the realms of identity, 'whiteness,' immigration, terrorism, and discrimination, among other topics."
Below, watch a clip from Zahr's upcoming documentary, "We're Not White," where he asks people on the street to name a famous Arab: