Larry Mitchell has had enough of people spouting the racist remark “Go back to Africa,” so he thought of a solution that can be a win for him and his vocal haters.
The African-American man from Indiana then decided to set-up a GoFundMe page to give racists the opportunity to really send him “back” to Africa.
“You can help make your dream and mine come true,” said Mitchell on the page he created on Friday. “KKK, Skin Heads and anyone else with like mind thinking are welcome to donate… Thank you.. God bless you and America. #putyourmoneywhereyourhateis,” he said.
With barely a week in, the crowd-sourcing campaign has so far received 23 donations, reaching only $260 of his $100k goal. The donations came with amusing words of support from the donors.
His biggest donor, Kandy Morrell said she gave $100, “Just because every black person should visit Africa. I’ve been there 8 times. Hope you make it. Welcome home.”
Flag-bearing David Jacobson said his donation is a statement of support: “Fellow citizen, please do with this money what you will. I hope you spend it here, but if you choose to visit another land that’s ok too. Screw the bigots, I think this is both hilarious and thought-provoking, and I am un-ironically donating not because I want you to leave, but because I want you to stay,” he said.
But not all messages were of support. One contributor, who went by “fedup whiteguy,” left this message: “You better not come back.”
Mitchell told the NY Daily News that while he sought for $100,000 for an African trip, he hasn’t decided which country he would actually go to, in case he achieves his goal.
According to Mitchell, the constant stream of racially-charged hateful messages after the recent shooting deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, made him start the funding campaign.
“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,’” the 41-year old driver said. “If you want me to go ‘back’ to Africa, then pay for it.”
The barrage of insults affected Mitchell more since he’s never even been to Africa. Partly made in jest, the $100,000 goal seemed a bit far-fetched of a target. However, he is committed to go to the continent if the amount is reached.
Mitchell said that it will be a good opportunity for him and his family to learn about the continent’s culture and food if he gets to visit it one day. He also plans of setting up a new restaurant with the money he’ll raise.
Hopefully more racists will heed the call and throw in some cash and finally “send him to Africa.”