"It’s rooted in centuries of ignorance, violence and white supremacy."
ICYMI: our President used a despicable racist phrase this weekend to bully and disparage members of Congress who have challenged him. In a series of tweets that should've been deleted the second they left his tiny, racist brain, he told "'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen" they should "go back to where they came from." The tweet was most likely directed at AOC, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, all women of color who represent, and are from, the United States. It's disgusting; it's racist; and it's not surprising given that Trump is a known disgusting racist. It's also far from the first time this wording has been used by racists to belittle, insult and harm immigrants and people of color who live in the U.S.
AOC and many others were quick to call him out.
It’s important to note that the President’s words yday, telling four American Congresswomen of color “go back to yo… https://t.co/s7NBxpbVMV— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1563194401.0
Many folks have taken to Twitter to share their experiences with being told to "go back to where they came from," and their stories highlight just how ignorant and hypocritical these words are and also how damaging and painful they can be.
“Go back to your country” is a taunt immigrant kids hear on the playground, it’s a threat I get from unhinged peopl… https://t.co/qQ7frlezSA— Padma Lakshmi (@Padma Lakshmi) 1563202062.0
It’s rooted in centuries of ignorance, violence and white supremacy. This man does not represent us. And in 2020 we… https://t.co/9vDoMPvhrF— Padma Lakshmi (@Padma Lakshmi) 1563202267.0
Growing up in Northern Virginia, I used to get the occasional "go back to China" while playing sports. (I was actua… https://t.co/4FUtaMnruj— David Nakamura (@David Nakamura) 1563206033.0
In high school, I was out with a black friend when someone yelled at her to "go back to Africa." He did not tell me… https://t.co/i05jeAQizb— Grace Segers (@Grace Segers) 1563121914.0
My father told me stories from when he was in the Navy, a relatively rare officer of Italian descent at the time, b… https://t.co/8B2Ud4siAT— Jim Sciutto (@Jim Sciutto) 1563204166.0
Growing up & hearing racists tell my parents to “go back to their country” created a source of deep cultural shame… https://t.co/xqWfLxK9Z9— Natalia Valencia (@Natalia Valencia) 1563206428.0
Latinos have been told for many decades to go back to their country. Many are told “go back to Mexico” even if thei… https://t.co/xq6UNGdfau— Suzanne Gamboa (@Suzanne Gamboa) 1563200161.0
When I was in middle school, the 12-year-old boys’ favorite insult was to tell me to go back to Russia.— Julia Ioffe (@Julia Ioffe) 1563124121.0
I’ve heard “Go back to your country” many many times. Most recently was about a month and a half ago in LA. It hurts my feelings every time.— Kumail Nanjiani (@Kumail Nanjiani) 1563208464.0
I’m sure many JOC have been. “Go back to your country,” “go back to Iran,” “go back to where you came from” or some… https://t.co/w5OVE3DzCf— Sarah Parvini 🦅 (سارا) (@Sarah Parvini 🦅 (سارا)) 1563208475.0
I will say that while it is a first to hear words like “originally from” and “go back” from the President of the Un… https://t.co/f8vt1facpe— Michael Li 李之樸 (@Michael Li 李之樸) 1563116089.0
The less hostile ones are the ones that go something like this: Then: “Where are you from?” Me: “Texas” Them:… https://t.co/IzPqNKJoXA— Michael Li 李之樸 (@Michael Li 李之樸) 1563116291.0
The insinuation being that somehow I’m not fully “from here” because of how I look. It’s irritating but not nearl… https://t.co/BF399Lon03— Michael Li 李之樸 (@Michael Li 李之樸) 1563116767.0
He likes to point out to questioners that his family has been in the United States often longer than the families o… https://t.co/PcuhvjyK8G— Michael Li 李之樸 (@Michael Li 李之樸) 1563116834.0
And then there are the overtly hostile ones - which I remember as a child and which have popped from time to time m… https://t.co/OM58BBUkZU— Michael Li 李之樸 (@Michael Li 李之樸) 1563117616.0
And while it’s mostly been white people who make these sort of comments, a lot also have come from African American… https://t.co/XfLC53mu8Z— Michael Li 李之樸 (@Michael Li 李之樸) 1563118151.0
Of course, African Americans also get (the probably even more annoying) “go back to Africa” - my point is that whil… https://t.co/l7j6RQvoej— Michael Li 李之樸 (@Michael Li 李之樸) 1563118836.0
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