The last couple of years have taught us that racism, unfortunately, is still alive and well. It’s hard to understand why on Earth is it so prevalent in 2021, but here we are, discussing basic human rights.
True, the barriers are breaking down and the discrimination that seemed impossible to overcome a few centuries ago is beginning to crumble, but we still have a long way to go. And it’s evident even in everyday life.
In an attempt to figure out how to tear it down at the root, Reddit user godfatherdoh recently posted a question to the platform: “If a person tells you angrily to go back to your country, how [do] you respond?” And they got plenty of answers! Here are the ones that everyone upvoted the most. Maybe they’ll give you some ideas too.
Honestly? I’d give them a shake of my head and move on. Anybody who speaks to me like that is just wrong. The fact that they say such things is a reflection of their character, not yours. The freedom of speech allows you to speak freely, it doesn’t mean you need to be heard. And nothing drives these people more insane than not being heard.
So this actually happened to me in college and i responded to the person that i would happily do it but as a immigrant i enjoy stealing jobs from the Americans.
Ok, I’d be happy to. Technically I would just have to move about an hour or so East to the Mohawk valley and rejoin the Iroquois nation. Oh, and I’ll need you to reinstate the Iroquois Nation
I’ve heard one of our residents answer: ‘Ma’ am, I’d love to. Unfortunately, there’s a war going on that has already pretty much destroyed everything I hold dear and they were coming for me too. Would you have stayed?’
Patient was being a [jerk] and screamed at my charge nurse, “I’m going to have you deported!” I know the hospital that nurse was born at because of a conversation we’d had a couple weeks prior. I snapped back, “To where? (Next town over)? She was born here, knock it off!”
I would sincerely ask “Why would I do that?”
LPT: Curiously replying to aggressive statements makes them fall on their face 100% of the times.
Something along the lines of……
“I can’t, because they said I’m a [jerk] and a moron so they sent me here to live with my own kind … especially you.”
In my mind I say something really clever and hurtful back! Especially since my family has been here for four generations!
In reality, every time this happens my face gets hot, and all I can muster is to roll my eyes and fight back angry tears. It sucks.
While this should not be taken as advice since it could backfire and may not be the right way for a lot of folks to handle the situation, when someone is raging at me a smile and a “have a nice day” really seems to piss them off much more than a middle finger or an “F-U”. It can be an almost impossible strategy in many instances though
I remember my white boss saying “they” should be sent back to their country. I turned to my white coworker next to me and said, “Can you imagine all the white people returing to Europe? People at the local reservation would be ecstatic to get their land back.” Coworker laughed with me and boss remained silent.”
“I’ve gotten a DNA test and genealogy research to show that I have over 30% DNA of the Chichimeca and possibly Aztec people that had migrated from New Mexico about a thousand years ago. My shower thought is wondering if that is enough for me to stay if “everyone returned to their country.
Just reply with a content smile and say (as per Avengers Endgame):
No. No I don’t think I will.
My people have been here for hundreds of years before this country was founded so maybe you should go back
“My county’s one of the reasons Brexit happens. You think I’m gonna go back now???”
Or I might just start laughing.
For context, I am Romanian and currently living in the UK.
I’d ask them to specify.
If it means leaving this sh*thole and going to live in the USA, Spain, Croatia, France or Sweden then he’s in luck because that is exactly what I was planning on doing
Swear him so much in my language, till he get pissed too, and then I smile the most obviously fake smile
I told them I left my country for a reason, I much prefer theirs.
Given that I’ve only ever been told this in the country I was born in (I have a foreign accent from my family, who are not from there), I tell them I was born there. They always short circuit a little on that one.
In the end we all got our way and I f*cking left