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What It’s Like to be Told to “Go Back to Your Country”

It's not just members of Congress being told to "go back" to their country — the racist comment is heard by people of color frequently in America.

Xenophobic Discrimination

The racist concept became national news when President Trump tweeted to congresswomen to go back to the "places from which they came." The president has been criticized for saying that Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley should go back to the ‘‘broken and crime infested’’ countries they came from, even though all are American citizens and three were born in the US. 4 Congresswomen were quick to publicly respond. The House voted to formally condemn President Trump's racist tweets telling Democratic congresswoman of color to "go back" to where they came from. But long before that, the federal agency charged with enforcing anti-discrimination laws offered up that phrase as an example of potentially illegal harassment. The federal anti-discrimination law does not directly apply to Mr. Trump's tweets, since the four congresswomen he targeted are not his employees.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) specifically cites the phrase "Go back to where you came from" as the type of language that could violate anti-discrimination employment laws in certain circumstances. The phrase is nearly identical to what Mr. Trump wrote in his tweets about the congresswomen: "Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." The House resolution approved condemned the president's tweets as "racist comments" that have "legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color." It is the first time the House formally rebuked a president in more than 100 years.

Many Americans across the nation have been told to “go back to your country,” or some variation of the racist comment. “Go back where you came from” is not a new insult and is sometimes flung at new arrivals to the United States, at foreign-born U.S. citizens — or at those who are from the U.S. but belong to an ethnic minority. The use of the trope angered many and prompted people to tweet shared experiences or encounters of being told to “go back.”

These are some of their experiences…

Brut.

07/17/2019 6:22 PMupdated: 07/17/2019 6:28 PM
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152 comments

  • Kenya P.
    06/12/2020 03:40

    racism is a real problem

  • Hugo L.
    04/04/2020 17:00

    If thats the case only native americans,should be in america,the rest are all ilegals

  • Sharon B.
    03/13/2020 13:34

    We are not all treated as one , others are treated differently.

  • Sharon B.
    03/13/2020 13:33

    That's better than being beaten, shot, jailed because of your color, we do not see other races treated this way.

  • Gurpartap S.
    03/12/2020 06:13

    Were is native Americans ??????

  • MaFlo G.
    03/12/2020 03:13

    The chinese must also be humble and you mist to think also you need educate the people to be behave , to be clean , improve your hygiene n you have beautiful country just be clean . Honest n the most important the people around the world will trust your product. Make it a good quality not quantity, dont eat wierd wild animals dont eat nasty food, cleanliness next to Godliness. We need a clean inviroment , food, air, act as a well educated people , money cant buy cleanliness , we need cleannclean clean .

  • Tony E.
    03/11/2020 18:32

    "Fix your problems in your countries and then come back"

  • Mark S.
    03/11/2020 10:32

    Or they doing anything for attention and money

  • Mark S.
    03/11/2020 10:31

    If they going shyt in a cup then eat it who playing psych again

  • Rico S.
    03/10/2020 16:27

    Ahh shut up quit whining blah blah poor me crock of poop 💩

  • Gregory S.
    03/10/2020 14:04

    Who knows it feels it!

  • M M.
    03/10/2020 14:01

    😬

  • Cynthia L.
    03/10/2020 12:59

    When I notice is every time someone get into an argument one would say go back to your country excuse me well I never had that experience but I want to apologize to the ones who have ignorance is bliss but I hope they'll never say that to me because I'm going to give them a history lesson and they will not like it because what I do know is my history and I will not stand quiet if I here someone said it to somebody else I'm give them a taste of History

  • Aris O.
    03/10/2020 08:46

    With the congresswoman., like always the sentence wasn’t told in it’s entirety.

  • Daniel R.
    03/10/2020 07:16

    & just take a look at trump himself?.He's he the epitome of mankind?,his likes is not hard to find,when you eat rotten food just wait for a minute & you'll see trump anytime now!.

  • Michael F.
    03/10/2020 02:52

    Stupids he was talking about drug dealers and people who come here for welfare free free free stuff. Stop the stupid

  • Mike L.
    03/10/2020 01:37

    Trump also said, in the same comment, to fix those countries and that they then can come back to tell us how to fix ours.

  • Mary B.
    03/10/2020 01:09

    Trumps comments had EVERYTHING to do with their anti American/antisemitic comments. And NOTHING to do with race

  • Rhianda
    03/10/2020 00:36

    Go back to your country!

  • Huy T.
    03/09/2020 23:50

    I just think and thinking:WHY ? When Mr:Donald Trump win for 4 year for become a President. IF he is a RACIST , why dont he change and moved a litle bit to a litle all the color people out of his system that must done in 4 year, right 🤔, is his system now only white skin with blue eye's 🤔 ? And red blood too ??