American Middle Eastern Minority

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American Middle Eastern Minority One of the least known minority groups in the United States is the Middle Eastern minority. Although the place of Middle Easterners became the forefront of public discussions recently, especially with relation to Islam and terrorism after 9/11, Middle Easterners in the United States have a long history. They have become part of the American society, and many second- and third generation Americans with Middle Eastern background have become publicly recognizable figures, working in the business, political, entertainment, and media sectors as well as the U.S. military. Among these figures are General John Abizaid, Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, actress Shannon Elizabeth, Miss USA Pageant Rima Fakih, and political and social activist Ralph Nader. Majority of Middle Eastern Americans are of Arab descent although there is a sizable population of Iranian Americans. It is estimated that at least 1.7 Americans are of Arab descent and over 300,000 Americans are of Iranian descent. Iranian Americans are largely concentrated in the states of California, Texas, and Washington D.C., while Arab Americans live in all 50 states. One third of all Arab Americans live in California, New York, and Michigan. Overwhelming majority of Arab Americans (94%) live in metropolitan areas of New York/NJ, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. The largest group among Arab Americans is of Lebanese background. Most Middle Eastern Americans are Christian
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