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Has Anyone Ever Told You To ‘Go Back Where You Came From’?

KPBS Is Asking San Diegans To Share Their Stories

From left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. llhan Omar, D-Minn., Rep. Alexan...

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Above: From left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. llhan Omar, D-Minn., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., respond to remarks by President Donald Trump during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019.

The racist insult, "Go back where you came from!" is familiar to many San Diegans. The racist refrain is hurled casually at Americans and immigrants alike.

The phrase has gotten heightened attention in recent days because of a series of weekend tweets posted by President Donald Trump and directed at four democratic congresswomen, all American citizens, who frequently criticize his administration.

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In one tweet Trump said, "So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world..."

In another he said, "...go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came..."

In a news conference on Monday, the four minority congresswomen, Reps. Ayanna Pressley D-Mass., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., reacted to Trump’s tweets.

"This is the agenda of white nationalists," Omar said. "This is his plan to pit us against one another."

If you have experienced similar racism, we want to hear from you. Share your story with KPBS in the box below.


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