Don't mess with a mom
Here’s a story that anyone who has ever had to respond to the question “But where are you really from?” will love.
Professor Simran Jeet Singh was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. However, because of his name and his traditional Sikh headwear, he frequently encounters some of the worst online trolls. While the Harvard and Columbia graduate and author is an American by every possible definition, his outspokenness on issues of religion and politics has led plenty of bigots to tell him to go back where he came from.
Singh’s mother joined Twitter and saw the nasty comments. She couldn’t help but make a joke about it.
“My mom just joined Twitter and saw all the racist messages where people tell me to ‘go home’ and ‘go back to where I came from,’” Singh explained. “She wanted to thank you all. She really wants me to move back to Texas.”
The tweet landed perfectly at the internet sweet spot of wholesome stories, snark and bad people getting their comeuppance and quickly went viral. The website Someecards reached out to Singh to talk about his mom’s awesome response.
Mama Knows Best
“My mom’s always had a good sense of humor, especially when it comes to dealing with racism,” Singh told the website. “My brothers and I definitely learned that from her. I laughed when she told me her joke and told her I would definitely pass it along.”
“My mom’s always been way cooler and funnier than me,” Singh continued. “My friends have been telling me that since I was a kid. It took me a while to come to terms with that, but I’m good with it now.”
He added that the trolls are no match for his mother.
“I feel bad for the racist trolls out there,” Singh said. “I know firsthand what happens when you poke the mama bear. Y’all better be more careful (and less racist).”
See the Thread
Outside of the trolls, plenty of people noticed Singh’s mother’s takedown.
Ron Nirenberg, the mayor of San Antonio, told Singh that the city would love to have him back at any time.
“I’m with your mom. We need you home here. If it takes a resolution, I can get to work on that!” he wrote on Twitter.
The thread even became a place for immigrants to talk out their feelings. A white person who immigrated to the U.S. pointed out that he felt guilty an actual American citizen was being singled out while he gets a pass.
“I have a weird form of survivor’s guilt whereby despite being an immigrant, literally stealing american jobs, I get a free pass, whereas you, the American, don’t,” wrote Twitter user @chhopsky. “This country is way more racist than I’d ever have believed, even from TV.”
However, Signh refused to let the talk turn negative.
“Appreciate you, my man. Let me offer a sincere challenge,” he said. “Try to overcome the guilt. That outlook implies that we did something wrong. And it ends up making the inequities about ourselves. Let’s overcome the guilt of privilege so we can focus on using our privilege for good.”
Another user mocked the typical insults thrown at Singh.
Hey buddy why don’t you go back to where you came from and give your mom a hug and… Have some… Nachos?” wrote user @tonitonirocca. “I don’t really know what Texans do.”
Check out the original thread up top. What do you you think? Are moms the greatest or what? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.