"Go back to where you came from"
American president Donald Trump's attacks on four female congresswomen of colour prompted a public rebuke from the US House of Representatives last week, strongly condemning the president for his divisive rhetoric. It started with a tweet, but the president doubled down on his comments last week where he told the Democratic representatives to go back to where they came from if they didn't like it in the US. All four women are US citizens, all but one, born in the US. His comments are being felt in Canada too. Many people have been on the receiving end of similar comments here in Montreal. We speak with in-studio guest Rawda Harb, a teacher and a researcher at Project Someone, which combats online hate. We are joined on the line by Manalle Abdallah, a Montrealer who will soon be calling California home when she gets married next year. When these kind of racist comments are made, how do you react? How does it make you feel? And is there a silver lining in all this and an opportunity to turn a hurtful experience into a learning opportunity to improve relations?