“Go back where you come from.” Is this a racist remark? Not necessarily.
I’m a white native-born American citizen, and I’ve been told to go back where I came from.
The problem is, where is this “back” that I’m supposed to go back to? I was born and raised in New Jersey, which technically makes me a Yankee. I raised my three children in Atlanta which, I suppose, makes me some sort of suburban yuppie.
In either case, the remark is not racist — ignorant, rude, uneducated? Perhaps, but not racist. However, when it’s said to four individuals who are women of color: Yes! It is racist — and boorish and misogynic.
Joan O. King