Alex Jones revived a centuries-old racial taunt Wednesday, telling African-Americans that if they aren’t happy in the United States, they should go to Africa.
“Again, if America is so bad — the whole thing is — why don’t you go to Africa,” said Jones. “I’ve heard from so many black folks that were liberals until they went to Africa and they saw how bad it was in some areas and they went ‘Wow, man I’m glad I’m here.”
Criticism came swiftly from people who reminded Jones of the existence of slavery.
“Nope, Alex Jones. My ancestors were involuntarily brought to America in the 18th century,” one woman tweeted. “So, I am staying in America to give you something to talk about on your show.”
Jones, who is currently being sued for fueling false claims that the Sandy Hook shooting was faked, has previously accused Bill Gates of being a eugenicist, and speculated about child slave colonies on Mars. But his latest statement was still striking enough to catch the attention of Bobby Lewis, a researcher for the liberal group Media Matters. Lewis was the first to flag the remark on Twitter.
Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.
Here are some other responses:
Nope, Alex Jones. My ancestors were involuntarily brought to America in the 18th century. So, I am staying in America to give you something to talk about on your show.
— Darlene (@hessiebates4) April 18, 2018
Therein lies the truth of what these people like Alex Jones believe: it doesn't matter how many generations deep you are as an American; you could have more generations than they do but to be not-white is to be of some other place. Your complaints are invalid as a result. https://t.co/sPbXZZjkK8
— Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) April 18, 2018
This is a concise summation on the Conservative attitude towards POC since the Civil War ended. https://t.co/0Uqr9F5Nmi
— Cattywampus (@Cattywammpus) April 18, 2018
Just in case you were under the opinion that Alex Jones was just a conspiracy theorizing rageaholic, you’ll see here that he’s actually a racist conspiracy theorizing rageaholic. https://t.co/tSOSxscsVJ
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) April 18, 2018
If Alex Jones doesn’t like it, he should just go back to Mordor.
– (((Evan “Fuck Scott Pruitt” Jacobs))) (@esjacobs) April 18, 2018
This man’s entire existence is just a waste of a good spicy BBQ sauce salesman. Anything else is him stepping outside his lane.
– Ben Philippe (@gohomeben) April 18, 2018
If this isn’t enough to make @YouTube cancel his show, nothing will
– DeeDee CatFace (@deplorkibble) April 18, 2018
He should be sent to Mars.
– Ron Robertson (@ronrob0820) April 18, 2018
Hmmm if u don’t like it, just go back to Europe…
– Meche (@lilxicanita) April 18, 2018