Americans Are Sharing What It's Like To Be Told To "Go Back To Your Country" After Trump's Racist Attack
"Trump's tweet hit me particularly hard this morning. ... Heard the lines 'go back to Mexico' and 'remember the Alamo' as I fled from bullies. I had to change schools."
President Trump's racist tweets against four progressive members of Congress have triggered emotional responses from Americans who have shared their own experiences of enduring similar hatred from playground bullies.
On Sunday, Trump attacked Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley — all first-term Democrats and women of color — in a series of tweets telling them to "leave" the United States and "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
(All four women are American, and three of them were born in the US.)
The attacks from the president were shocking to people of color. Many pointed out the last time they had heard similar rhetoric was in their youth; some felt like they were being retraumatized by the leader of their country.
People of color described the ways hateful statements were used against them as children, often in "ironic" ways by other immigrants.
One person said they hadn't heard remarks like "go back to where you came from" since they were 8 years old.
Others said the effects and damage of such remarks, especially as young people, are long-lasting.
"I had to change schools," one person wrote as they described racist taunting from their peers.
Many people sadly realized that because of the US president's actions, these statements are not just a thing of the past. And in 2019, as adults, some people are resigned to accepting that "nothing changes."
"I remember every time I was told to 'go back to your country' and how these words made me feel," one person tweeted. "Like I didn't belong here. Like I would never belong. It is despicable such ugly words have been said by our POTUS."