In a series of tweets in July, President Trump told four women of color currently serving in the U.S. House of Representatives to ““go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” All four are U.S. citizens. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx, which she now represents. Her family is Puerto Rican. Representative Rashida Tlaib was born in and represents Detroit. She is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants. Representative Ayanna Pressley was born in Cincinnati, raised in Chicago, and now lives in and represents Boston. Representative Ilhan Omar fled Somalia with her family when she was a child. They received asylum in the US. She became a US citizen in 2000 and represents Minneapolis. Immigrants are familiar with such attacks, which are leveled at us to express that we don’t belong, that we are not and perhaps cannot ever be accepted as fully American. We never expected that such racist and xenophobic statements would be expressed by the President of the United States. Read more.
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Incident occurred in 2017.
I was camping in Yellowstone National Park with my husband. It was the middle of the day and I walked on a path between two campsites to get to the campground bathroom. A white man with Washington State plates was sitting at a nearby campsite yelled at me, saying "you know there is a certain etiquette around here..." implying that I had walked to close to his campsite. I said nothing and continued walking. He then screamed, "go back to where you came from!" He and his wife then glared at me with contempt while I walked away.