It is a classic racist epithet to tell Black men and women to "go back to Africa." Well, one Indiana man named Larry Mitchell is trying to do just that, and he is asking for the racists of the world for help.
Mitchell started a GoFundMe page asking for generous donations to help him on his way to making the move to the African continent.
The 41-year-old posted on his page, "Send me 'back' to Africa fund... 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... KKK, Skin Heads and anyone else with like mind thinking are welcome to donate... Thank you.. God bless you and America... #putyourmoneywhereyourhateis."
So far Mitchell only has made $410 of the $100,000 he is asking for but the message of what the page stands for is far more important to him. Mitchell told the NY DailyNews that he was inspired to start the campaign after the shocking racism he witnessed following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
“It kind of shocked me, because we just celebrated Fourth of July and to come back the next week and see people saying, ‘Go Back to Africa,’” he said. “If you want me to go ‘back’ to Africa, then pay for it.”
Mitchell went on to explain that he does not intend to reach his final goal, but if he does, he will definitely go to Africa. He said he would learn about the countries' food and cultures and would also use the money to open a restaurant.
Not surprisingly, those who have left comments on his page seem to be sending positive support, applauding him for his bravery to speak out, and his message.
(Photo: Larry Mitchell via gofundme.com)