Racist graffiti once again targets an African family at their home in Concord
Posted by Christopher Coen on August 8, 2012
Last September someone scrawled racist, xenophobic graffiti on three Concord refugee family homes in the South End. A community rally was held in support of the families. Now, in a repeat of the malicious harassment, a Somali refugee woman found a message scrawled on several lines of siding underneath her bedroom window describing the family as subhuman. Community members will once again gather to show of support for the refugees and to discourage overt acts like the graffiti, as well as the more common subtle hostility toward immigrants. An article at the Concord Monitor documents the incident:
As she pulled out of her Thompson Street driveway early Sunday morning to go to her job as a housekeeper, the woman quickly spotted it: a message in black permanent marker, scrawled on several lines of siding underneath her bedroom window.
She stopped the car and went back into the house to get her husband and children. The woman, who is originally from Somalia and can’t read or write English, said her children read her the message: “We can not coexist with third world scum,” it began.
“I was not surprised,” the woman, who asked not to be identified, said yesterday evening, standing in her driveway. “I knew it was something bad that they wrote.”
The incident marks the second time in a year that xenophobic graffiti has defaced homes of African families in the South End. In September, graffiti written in black marker appeared on the homes of three refugee families on Perley and Downing streets, with each message describing the families as “subhumans” who weren’t wanted in the community…
“We can not coexist with third world scum,” the message read. “The primitive beasts like those in this house are to blame for the crimes we now suffer. Love your legals, deport the rest.”
O’Malley said the family who lives in the Thompson Street home is here legally and has had no problems with the police. Whoever wrote the graffiti “had no motives we’re aware of, other than just pure racism,” he said.
“We have concerns about this because it clearly is targeting a family,” O’Malley said. “It seems like it’s thought out.”…
The police are asking anyone with information about the graffiti to call the department at 225-8600. Tips may also be shared anonymously with the Concord Regional Crimeline by calling 226-3100, by visiting concordregionalcrimeline.com, or by texting TIP234 and sending a message to CRIMES… Read more here