For many, “where are you from?” is never as innocent as it sounds. The question is meant to figure out why you look, act, or sound the way you do. So when President Donald Trump told four Congresswomen that belong to minority communities that they should “go back” to these countries, people of color recognized the same pervasive bigotry that they’d dealt with most of their lives. So as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Alanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib shut down Trump’s racist rhetoric, Twitter users began flooding the social media site with experiences of their own, sharing how damaging it is to be told to “go back” to your country.
Below, check out some of their stories.