It's always shocking when I hear that African Americans who aren't directly from Africa have had the xenophobic statement "go back to Africa" lobbed in their direction. It's a reminder that, to racists, black people = "African." How can you tell a person whose ancestors were forced to come from Africa hundreds of years to go to Africa today? Where's the logic in that? Moreover-- if it is their racist fantasy to see all brown-hued people up and leave-- why don't they foot the bill?
This is where Larry Mitchell comes in. Mitchell, an African American man from Kokomo, Indiana, got the genius idea to make the ultimate racist fantasy come true: he started a GoFundMe to cover his travel expenses to the motherland. The description of the 'Send me back to Africa' fund reads: "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."
Over 25,000 people have shared the page so far, raising over $820. This is no doubt a win for all black people on the Internet and Mitchell who gets to fly out or pocket the money. I hope other members of the diaspora follow suit.
Donate to Mitchell's fund here.