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Racists Rejoice: Indiana Man Creates ‘Back to Africa’ GoFundMe Campaign

So far, Larry Mitchell has raised $450 of his $100,000 goal.

It seems racists’ favorite phrase since at least Jim Crow is “Go back to Africa.”

Just last week, a white couple from San Antonio, Texas thought it was a good idea to Facebook Live their vitriol. And the insult has been hurled at protesters at Trump rallies.

However, these white supremacists really ought to blame their ancestors. How can we forget that they not only enslaved Africans, but also raped and bred them for profit? Or if that doesn't apply, they indirectly benefited from a global system that privileges white bodies over black bodies.

Let’s be honest, as blogger Awesomely Luvvie lays out, those racists are ungrateful AF and would be up shit’s creek if black people do decide to exit America en masse.

When and if #Blaxit happens, black people are taking all their contributions (pretty much everything) with them, starting with this Kokoro, Indiana man who started a “Send me ‘back’ to Africa” GoFundMe campaign.

Part-time forklift operator, Larry Mitchell, 41, created his campaign on July 8 spurred by police executions of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. An aspiring chef, he’s eyeing a country like Ghana, which has opened its borders recently to people of African descent, for a new restaurant.

Screenshot of Larry Mitchell's "Send Me Back to Africa" GoFundMe campaign

“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,” Mitchell writes for his crowd-sourcing effort. “KKK, Skin Heads and anyone else with like mind thinking are welcome to donate... Thank you.. God bless you and America... #putyourmoneywhereyourhateis.”

Yes, bigots, put your money where your trifling mouths are. Mitchell needs your help as he’s raised only $450 of his $100,000 goal. And while you’re offering your $5 donation and commenting, "you better not come back," let’s up the stakes—how about some reparations?

Photo: Lex Ash (@thelexash). Courtesy of Simi.

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