“Go back to Africa!” is a common insult hurled at black Americans — as if their ancestors came to the United States by choice.
Regardless, the insult essentially implies that black people, despite being born in America, somehow don’t belong in the country.
One Indiana man, Larry Mitchell, decided he would happily go "back to" Africa if he could raise enough funds to make the expensive trip.
"Send me ‘back’ to Africa fund … If you want me to go back to Africa I will gladly go … you can help make your dream and mine come true … accepting all donations … KKK, Skin Heads and anyone else with like mind thinking are welcome to donate … Thank you.. God bless you and America … #putyourmoneywhereyourhateis,” Mitchell wrote on the page.
Based on the strained state of race relations, one might think that racists would come out in droves to get Mitchell out of this country and yet, he hasn’t even raised more than $500 in six days.
Mind you, very little of the donations Mitchell has received even came from racists.
Many donators left comments offering support for the message his campaign sends to racists and commending him for calling their bluff.
One bold person named “fedup whiteguy,” did his due diligence for the racist white population by donating $45 and commenting, “You better not come back.” But, his comment was quickly buried by those applauding Mitchell’s efforts and expressing solidarity.
Ultimately, Mitchell probably won’t reach his $100,000 goal, but the underlying message shows just how ridiculous the "Go back to Africa" demand is.
Furthermore, it touches on the point that many black people are not necessarily opposed to going to Africa anyway.
The ancient, clichéd insult is not only dull and unimaginative, but it proves nothing but a person’s ignorance when they use it.
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