"You don't forget it": President Trump’s "go back" tweet stokes old wounds for Texans of color
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"You don't forget it": President Trump’s "go back" tweet stokes old wounds for Texans of color

ALEXA URA |
July 17, 2019

Some Texans of color have spent much of their lives working through how racist attacks left them feeling less American. Now, those attacks are coming from the president.


John De Leon was 7 years old the first time he heard it; 49 years later, he can hardly forget it.

It was flung at him over the summer in his corner of South Texas where the neighborhood kids — most of them white but a few of them Hispanic — played in the streets from sunup to sundown, frolicking in the streets when they weren’t waiting their turn at the Little League baseball field.

That day, they rounded out their playtime by tossing around a football in the front yard of a friend’s house until that friend’s father, whom De Leon described as a “mean old guy,” came out to send the kids home. But he had a different directive for De Leon.

“He said, ‘Y’all need to get out of here. You can’t be playing out in the yard’,” De Leon recalled. “And then he singled me out and he said, ‘And you, you little spic Mexican, go back to Mexico.”

Credit by - The texas tribune

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