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November 12, 2013

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Asking hard, practical questions aimed at steering Obamacare back on course may not be as satisfying as endlessly voting to repeal the law, or obsessing over what the president knew and when he knew it. But it’s far more enlightening.

— Bennington (Vt.) Banner

Equal justice under the law

The alleged crimes are the kind of petty terrorism that many refugees who now call Concord home hoped to leave behind. On Monday, two Concord teens were arrested for assaulting and attempting to rob a group of Nepalese immigrants of Bhutanese heritage. According to police reports, one of the teens told the immigrants, “Give us $20 or we will kill you guys.” That kind of threat, the kind that in some places sees kids killed for their sneakers, is foreign to Concord. Fortunately, though the immigrants refused payment, their injuries were minor.

That incident follows the bullying of refugees and theft of vegetables from their plots in the Sycamore Field community garden on Fort Eddy Road.

An arrest was made in that case, as well. Cracking the case was easy. Several of the gardeners took photographs, not just of the truck driven into the field by the accused, but of the interaction between him and members of what is primarily a garden for low-income people.

Not long after that incident came the arrest of a man suspected of scrawling racist graffiti on the South End homes of refugees from Africa.

All the suspects in the three cases are white men. People forced to become refugees are usually members of a powerless minority oppressed by the majority. In both cases of theft or attempted theft, the suspects likely assumed that the Nepalese would be too fearful to report the alleged crime.

They were wrong.

While the alleged thefts are crimes made more heinous because of the choice of victims, they have a silver lining: They’ve demonstrated to people who in their homelands had little reason to trust the police or receive justice that the rule of law in America applies to everyone.

— Concord, (N.H.) Monitor

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