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If You Ever Feel The Urge To Tell Someone To ‘Go Back’ Where They Came From, Just Don’t

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President Trump reached an all-time low when he tweeted that four Congresswomen of color should “go back” to the countries they came from. It is clear that he is not worried about facts and led by racism because of the four Congresswomen he spoke about, three were born in the U.S. and the other is a naturalized citizen. In response, people on social media are sharing their own stories of being told to “go back” to where they “came from.”

President Trump tweeted that certain Congresswomen need to go back to where they came from because they want more from U.S. leadership.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York, Rashida Tlaib was born in Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley was born in Illinois. Only Ilhan Omar was born outside of the U.S. in Somalia but became a citizen when she was a teenager. To tell four women of color to “go back” to where they came from is the lowest and most overused racist tropes in existence and Trump is leaning into it.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi fired back calling the tweet exactly what it is: racist.

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Trump’s presidency has ignited an uptick in hate crimes in the country. Xenophobic rhetoric and dehumanizing words made against immigrants is part of why the crimes have increased. Another study showed that counties that hosted Trump rallies saw significant spikes in hate crimes shortly after the rallies.

In response, Twitter users are sharing their stories on how the post-Trump U.S. has seen more and more people brave enough to use the same rhetoric.

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Gabe Ortíz is an avid tweeter and writer and his question drew several reactions from followers. The responses from people are very telling about who does and does not get asked the question. It has nothing to do with immigration and everything to do with skin color and race.

Twitter users had so many stories to share about the racist dog whistle of the “go back” comments against minorities.

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All it takes is just speaking another language to get some people whipped up. However, if you speak another language, chances are you are smarter than most of the people telling you to go back where you came from. Nothing wrong with speaking another language.

People clearly remember a surge of these comments immediately after Trump was elected president.

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It isn’t surprising for people under attack by the current administration. Trump’s use of his place of power to attack and belittle minorities has emboldened those who have ill will towards those minorities.

It is even more disheartening when grown people scream their ignorance at children.

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There is nothing lower than trying to make children afraid of living their lives. There is no reason to go after children. None. However, we are watching an administration dehumanizing children by ripping them away from their parents are the border and keeping them in cages without basic necessities.

There are even people who like to use this language and don’t know enough to hate properly.

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Puerto Rico is part of the U.S. Being born in Puerto Rico means you are born a citizen of the U.S. To tell someone to “go back” when they were born in Puerto Rico because you don’t want them in the U.S. is, well, uneducated.

These are the same people who think Native Americans are foreigners.

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Native Americans are just that, native. They were here before colonizers came on the ships and forcibly took the land and killed the native population. You literally can’t tell native people to go back anywhere because you are on their land.

And, of course, there are the racist comments of telling Black people to go back to Africa.

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Not to mention the fact that most Black people are descendants of slaves who were forcibly brought to the U.S., Africa is not a country. If you are going to be a racist xenophobe, you should at least do the work and specify the country. Otherwise, you are being lazy and showing your lack of knowledge. It only makes you look dumb.

Some people shared how being white and white passing spared them this hate.

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Being a white-passing person of color has long been a shield that so many people have enjoyed. It is hard to see your fellow Latinos talked down to because of their skin tone when you both share a similar heritage.

Then some people shared how being an immigrant from a white country gives you a cloud of protection.

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Being from Europe seems to be what these people want. Immigrants with melanin, talent, and legitimate reasons for fleeing for their lives just aren’t what they are looking for. It is truly a sharp departure from what this country was built on.

READ: Two Racist Florida Women Are Caught On Video Telling A Puerto Rican Man To ‘Go Back To Mexico’ If He Wants To Speak Spanish

Soledad O’Brien Has Been Taking Down People On Twitter And OMG

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Soledad O’Brien Has Been Taking Down People On Twitter And OMG

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Soledad O’Brien’s journalistic career is known for delivering hard-hitting truths without playing the political game of ‘playing nice.’ She’s calling Trump a racist and she’s calling out The New York Times‘ for refraining from calling Trump a racist because “that language is a turn off to some readers.” 

O’Brien is so matter-of-fact, her show is called, “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.” If you’re not watching her show, her Twitter feed is as blunt as it gets. She’s savagely taking down ignorant fathers who wouldn’t know consent education if it hit them in the cojones, and they still don’t know what hit them. Here are O’Brien’s victims from this month alone:

This father who victim-blamed survivors of sexual assault, but he told his daughter to just kick the guy in the cojones so “She’s no one’s victim.”

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After one person called O’Brien out for being “a bit harsh” given that “he at least taught her to say no,” someone named Zoe actually had to explain. “It’s not harsh,” Zoe replied. “He only taught her to say no in very specific situations that almost never happen. I guarantee he never taught her how to say no to relatives, friends, boyfriends, bosses, etc – people you can’t just hit due to freezing up, or social/financial/etc consequences.”

RIP, white men and your naive musings about a post-Trump America.

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Sorry, bro, people of color are simply unfazed to see racism thrive in America. Fox & Friends will never shun Trump so long as he’s stoking the fear-baiting racist fires. O’Brien dared to say what we all couldn’t fathom–Trump will get his own show on Fox & Friends, whether he gives up the Presidency or goes full-on authoritarian.

*GASP* Could racism really be …. systemic?

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Even the methods used to combat racism are racist. O’Brien, an Afro-Latina woman entirely familiar with racism in America, is just “not shocked.” You can check someone’s privilege based on how surprised they are to learn that racism is systemic. 

We simply cannot.

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Of the many excuses we hear for why folks voted and continue to support Trump, “economic anxiety” is the biggest excuse for condoning human rights violations and racism like we haven’t seen in a century. O’Brien followers lamented to have to add “fundraising while black” as a life-threatening task in America. Someone else used the GOP’s excuse used for white supremacist mass murderers: “That woman should not have access to video games. At all.”

When a former Navy SEAL trains dogs to “attack school shooters,” O’Brien sees into the future as adding dead dogs to the list of consequences of loose gun laws.

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“Anything but addressing the gun issues head-on. Dogs. Cats. Flying Squirrels,” comments one Twitter user. Someone else just perfectly encapsulated the dialogue between sensible gun reform advocates and NRA die-hards:

“People: Let’s regulate guns.
‘Merica: No! We’ll give teachers guns.
People: That would be super dangerous. Let’s regulate guns.
‘Merica: No! Backbacks that block bullets!
People: That would be very ineffective. Let’s regulate guns.
‘Merica: No! Dogs that attack shooters!”

Heads up that dogs are not immune to bullets, and shooters can just point downwards toward the dog.

O’Brien also has a special knack for mocking the not-so-newsworthiness of “news.”

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For some reason, a video clip of Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren “running in Franconia, NH” went viral. “She has my vote” filled the comment thread. We have a feeling that O’Brien was likely commenting on how silly it is that watching a woman run is news.

She’s not here for people calling men brave for dealing with issues women always face.

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Everyone in the comments is just shocked that this is even news. That anyone would think this man is anything but handsome. One commenter said that his wife wished he was as “ugly” as Simu Liu.

Also, RIP to the possibly-NOT-a-bot “Amazon Fulfillment Center Ambassador.”

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@AmazonFCBilly went on to say, “Because people are wondering, yes, Frank was a valued part of the discussion! His insights into the downsides of trade unionism were very valuable!” One person genuinely asked, “If you type this do they give you a bathroom break as a reward?”

We ran the account through bot.me and they’re not a bot. It might be a “Get Out” situation, but not a bot. Maybe O’Brien snapped them out of it. Either way, we’re loving these clapbacks and truth-telling. Gracias.

READ: Soledad O’Brien Mourns Her Cuban Mom’s Death Just 40 Days After Her Father Passes Away

Activists Are Warning That The Guard Running His Truck Through Protesters Is Not Going To Be The Last

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Activists Are Warning That The Guard Running His Truck Through Protesters Is Not Going To Be The Last

People across the U.S. are stunned by a viral Twitter video showing a contract Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guard driving his pick-up truck through a crowd of protesters. The protesters, part of the Jewish activist organization Never Again Action, posted videos of the assault on Twitter and it has sparked outrage at the actions of law enforcement at the scene. Here’s what happened.

Captain Thomas Woodworth has been placed on administrative leave following the incident, according to authorities.

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“The incident which occurred last night is currently being investigated by the Rhode Island State Police,” a statement to the Boston Globe read. “Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility Warden Daniel Martin is also conducting a top to bottom review of the incident, Wyatt correctional officers’ response, and the Wyatt’s protocols regarding protest activities outside of the facility. Captain Thomas Woodworth has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the independent investigation being conducted by the Rhode Island State Police, and the Wyatt’s internal investigation.”

People are spreading his information as far and wide as they can to shame him for his actions.

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The video has been shared all over social media and people have reacted with shock and anger. Other activists are pointing out that the use of a car to ram protesters is becoming a more common thought and occurrence than in recent history.

Others are using the video as a moment to question what exactly is happening inside the detention centers they are protesting.

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People have been trying to get people’s attention to the humanitarian crisis in the detention centers. There is a real concern that if guards can run their car through a group of lawful protesters, what are they doing to migrants in detention?

Activists captured video of an ICE guard using his pick-up truck to break through a group of protesters in Rhode Island.

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Protesters were stationed outside of the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Rhode Island. During the protest, a pick-up truck drives up the protesters and honks the horn before driving through the crowd of protesters. However, the truck was not the only time the protesters were assaulted during the protest.

During the incident, law enforcement at the scene used pepper spray on the protesters to break up the crowd.

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“We will not be deterred by the violence that was taken against us last night,” a spokesperson for Never Again Action told NBC News. “People are being harmed in ICE custody every day. This is exactly why we are doing what we’re doing.”

People are horrified at the blatant attack on peaceful protesters.

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The video is a chilling reminder of the violence we have seen against protesters in recent times. Two years ago, the world watched in shock as a white supremacist ran his car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia during the Unite the Right rally. The attack claimed one life, Heather Heyer, in the name of hate. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured during the incident on Wednesday night.

Five people were hospitalized after the guard ran over protesters.

Two people were hospitalized because of the truck driving into the crowd and three people were hospitalized for the pepper spray. The whole incident has not deterred the organization from standing against ICE and its detention practices.

READ: More Than 100 Protesters Were Arrested In New York City For Blocking One Of The Busiest Streets In The City

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