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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: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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