Hearing and reading this phrase brought me back to my youth. First things first, the USA is my country. I am seven or more generations in this country. In addition to mine, my ancestors’ blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifices are in the thread of this quilt called the United States of America. Why is it important that I share this information with you may be the first question that comes to mind as you read this.
Well, let me begin when I was in high school in Philadelphia, PA. I attended and graduated from Overbrook High School. During my years there, a teacher told all of the black students, which was 99% of the school, that they need to get on a ship and go back to Africa. This was the first time, but definitely not the last time I’ve heard this in my life.
However, before I discuss the times this phrase has been hurled at me, let’s revisit that teacher. He was an Irish man. If he didn’t just come over here, I am certain his parents arrived just prior to him being born. But, he had the audacity to tell us to go back to Africa.
Dictionary.com defines go back as “to return”. Therefore, in order to go back somewhere, you must have been there in the inception. So the phrase, “go back to your country” is idiotic before even looking at the idiot spewing the hate. As was previously stated, I was told to go back to my country various times throughout my life. One time, my best friend and I were in the parking lot of a store and a man drove by and told us to go back to our country. The kicker…he had an accent himself. How dare he tell us to go back and clearly he just arrived not too long on the shores of the USA.
I did not want to join this conversation because I know when topics like this manifest themselves, there is something much more serious taking place behind the screen. As my sister says frequently, “Wag the Dog”. But, this topic hit me on so many levels because I’ve read, saw, and heard so many people say this phrase is not racist.
I am going to make it abundantly clear: IT IS A RACIST STATEMENT!! Anyone who says it is not is lying to themselves. Telling someone to go back is telling them that they do not belong in this country. The four women vilified, and I am certain they are receiving all kinds of threats, never said they hated the USA. They hate some of the situations that are occurring. They even may not like the President; but that is not disliking the country.
It is imperative that everyone learn the REAL history of the United States. Because many people, especially some uneducated white people, are unaware or do not want to face the fact that this country was NEVER all white and will NEVER BE all white. Stop the hate and let’s truly make this country as great as we portray it to be.
If you look closely at this image, you will realize that it is sideways. This is the direction the country is going and we need to right the wrongs. We should not be going back, forward is the way to go. We all must let go of our egos and realize that divide and conquer never kept a nation together. Share your thoughts with me. #AuthorKarimahG #TheShouldersOnWhichIStand #BeAnEagleNotAFeather