Most narratives coming out of Detroit deal much with the African American experience. Given that nearly 90 percent of the city’s population is Black, this comes as no surprise. Though, the story Dean Dimitrieski (pictured), a Macedonia-born White man who moved in to a mostly-Black, drug-infested Detroit neighborhood with his family in the 1970s, is one that personifies the Motor City as well as any.
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And, through his new autobiography “Tears For My City: An Autobiography of a Detroit White Boy,” Dimitrieski sets out to personify his Detroit experience, Fox 2 Detroit News reports.
Dimitrieski told Fox 2 that, in addition to dealing with language barriers, the neighborhood he and his family moved into was rife with drugs and gang violence. “We had more guns in this neighborhood than people,” he recalls of his early childhood. “A lot of people didn’t make it out of here.”