We Must Stand United Against Hatred

The swastika graffiti that was sprayed painted four different times on a proposed project in Lamson Court last week is deplorable and should be an anathema to all residents of our community.

We agree with all elected officials, as well as those seeking office, that this type of racism has no place in our community.

For any person or group to single out any segment of our society for hatred is despicable.

East Boston has always been a welcoming entry point for the many groups of immigrants, whether they arrived in 1900 or today.  As a matter of fact, on Bennington St., the oldest Jewish cemetery in the state is located.

We urge our police to give this the highest priority in apprehending the individual or individuals responsible for this act.

In the last few weeks, we have seen too much hatred and racism from far right groups for any of us to remain silent.

At times such as these, one need to remember the quote from the Protesant pastor in Nazi Germany:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —because I was not a Socialist.

“Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Trade Unionist.

“Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —

because I was not a Jew.

“Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”

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