Edward V. Harris

Quitman, Texas

Most Republican politicians, even Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, contend that it is not racist to say “Go back where you came from.” But, “the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission cites the phrase President Trump recently used against four congresswomen as workplace harassment.”

I'm 90 years old and lived in a town, as a pre-teen, that allowed minorities to come to town and purchase things but couldn't use white peoples' rest rooms or drink from their fountains. Minorities had to be out of this town by sundown.

The racial attitudes, encouraged by Trump now, against minorities and make America “White” is similar to when I was a child. Donald Trump encourages his base to openly show hate against minorities. The more extreme use assault rifles and kill and wound large numbers. Assault rifles weren't available when I was growing up.

Racial taunts are now causing many minorities to tell of their experiences, even as children. The Los Angeles Times has an extensive discussion by readers, their remembering this type racial slur, and how angry it made them. (Maya Eliahou, “Go back to where you came from: Our readers recall racist taunts from their lives,” 8/15/19).

My son, Native American from his mother's side and Native American (Black Dutch) from mine, shows his racial background. He was very upset in grade school when some students told him to go back to Mexico.

Politicians that are racist need to be voted out of office.

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