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A Way Of Understanding The 'Go Back Home' Chant

The Journey Inward


August 8, 2019

Sitting around the potbelly stove at Hemby Bridge Country Store a group of men, some chewing tobacco, others leaning in their cane back chairs, would offer homespun opinions, often humorous, about the news of the day. Solve the problems of the world, as it were.

As a boy I enjoyed listening to them spin their tales, including their political views.

No humor though when they talked about African Americans who were trying to gain civil rights. A common retort was: “If they don’t like this country, they can go back to Africa.”

How many times throughout history have we heard this inv...

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