Next time someone tells you something mean on Twitter, tell on them to your mom. She just might have the perfect response.
This tactic worked out really well for Simran Jeet Singh, a professor, writer, and activist who lives in New York. As first reported by BuzzFeed, Singh's mother, Parvinder Kaur, joined Twitter last year and started following him.
Singh, who is Sikh, often receives racist messages telling him to "go home" and "go back to where [he] came from." When Kaur discovered these messages, instead of getting angry, she interpreted the trolls' words in a positive way:
"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 tweeted. "She wanted me to thank you all. She really wants me to move back to Texas."
You can't blame Kaur for trying to get her son to move back home, he seems pretty awesome. Plus, if he moved back home, they could go to more Spurs games together!
We spoke with Singh about how freaking awesome his mom is.
"My mom's always had a good sense of humor, especially when it comes to dealing with racism," Singh wrote in an email to Someecards. "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."
Singh hasn't always been comfortable with his mom being so cool and hilarious–but he is all about it now. "My mom's always been way cooler and funnier than me," Singh told Someecards. "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."
And when it comes to the racist trolls, he hopes that Kaur's lighthearted comeback serves as a reminder to back the hell off. "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)."
The non-racist people of Twitter were totally loving the tweet, including Ron Nirenberg, the mayor of Singh's hometown of San Antonio.
And a ton of others replied to Singh's tweet, expressing how sweet his mom's outlook was.
So if you see a racist bully tweeting away anytime soon (and Trump totally counts), try telling on them to your mom–maybe she'll pull out a comeback half as good as this one.
Photos courtesy of Simran Jeet Singh.