Women In Hollywood Taking A Stand Against Donald Trump’s Racism Toward Latinos

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With the 2016 US presidential campaign heating up, there is more and more scrutiny about each and every thing a candidate does, says and stands for. Right from the beginning, there has been one candidate that has stood out the most, has made the most outrageous statements, and been an equally popular and polarizing presence in the race. We’re talking about Donald Trump of course.

He came out of the gate swinging, and in particular, at immigrants. His stance on immigration has become his signature calling card, but it has angered many who are sick of his racist and bigoted comments, including us. What’s even more scary than his comments alone, are the number of people who think the same way as him and truly want him to be president. They truly believe getting rid of 11 million immigrants in this country is what is going to “Make America Great” as his campaign slogan boasts.

But when you start calling Mexicans “rapists” and “murderers”, you don’t just piss off Mexicans, you piss off an entire demographic of Latin men and women who know full well the power of their vote to swing any election. Latino’s are the fastest growing minority in the US and make up 16% of the overall population. Latinos are credited with essentially helping President Barack Obama get elected in 2008, and re-elected in 2012. He managed to secure 75% of the Latino vote in 2012, up from 67% in 2008. The percentage of eligible and registered Latino voters increases exponentially with every election cycle, according to CNN Politics, and in 2012 they made up 10% of the electorate.

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We can only imagine how many Latinos will come out and vote come November 2016, but with the increased amount of focus on their community thanks to comments made by Trump, there is no doubt they are going to come out in force just to show how wrong he is. Voting is one of the most powerful and effective ways we can use our voice in democratic countries and if you are not yet registered to vote in the US or are on the fence, we cannot urge you enough to register and make your vote count at local, state and federal levels.

And if you think the Latino community are waiting until election day to make their voice heard, you’d be sorely mistaken. There are a slew of men and women speaking up about the need to damn racism and bigotry. A number of celebrities and public figures are successfully using this con-Trump-versy as a way to challenge and change attitudes toward minorities and immigrants. Journalist Jorge Ramos from Fuse has shown what challenging Trump on his policies looks like, after being thrown out of a press conference simply for raising his voice.

More recently, the news that Donald Trump would be guest hosting Saturday Night Live, a coalition of Hispanic personalities and activist groups urged NBC not to give him any platform to promote his bigoted statements. One organization even went as far as to offer $5000 USD to anyone brave enough to disrupt the live broadcast.

While publicity stunts are great to generate clicks and conversation, what really needs to happen is change which will come about by voting. There are a number of Latina women in Hollywood who have expressed their views on Donald Trump’s statements in a very thoughtful, firm and intelligent way.

In the summer when the hype about Trump was incredibly loud and noisy, Colombian singer Shakira tweeted her thoughts on what was being said about many American Latinos.

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Actress Roselyn Sanchez, who was expected to host the Spanish telecast of the Miss USA beauty pageant pulled out of the event, as did many other TV hosts and personalities. Roselyn, not content with simply withdrawing from her association with a Trump-owned event, shared her thoughts on his hateful comments on social media.

“As a Latina, I am proud of my roots, culture and everything I have contributed to this nation. I decided to cancel my participation as co-host to the Miss USA pageant. I will not tolerate the disrespectful and hurtful words out of the mouth of Mr. Trump. It seems incredible that in a speech to announce his candidacy, he had that amount of intelligence and decency. Mexicans, like all Latin brothers, have contributed positively to this great nation. We are the force that keeps this country afloat. I was very excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as co-host of this great event in which many Latinas have shone, but I am more excited to show my loyalty to my people. Enough of racism,” she wrote in Spanish on her Instagram, and Latinospost.com translated it to English.

Instead of expressing outrage like the majority of people, ‘Ugly Betty’ actress America Ferrera chose instead to write a very insightful blog post for the Huffington Post in a way that would (and should!) make someone like Donald Trump be very afraid. The article was titled “Thank you Donald Trump!” and she was genuine about that statement.

“While your comments are incredibly ignorant and racist, I don’t want to spend my time chastising you. I’ll leave that to your business partners like Univision and NBC, who have the power to scold you where it hurts. Instead, I’m writing to say thank you!” she began.

“You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that. Here we are pounding the pavement to get American Latinos to the polls, while your tactic proves most effective. Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric.”

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Then she proceeded to break it down in numbers for Trump and anyone who happens to agree with his views, because anyone who is a smart candidate knows that alienating Latino voters is bad news.

“Latinos are the largest, youngest and fastest-growing constituency in the United States of America. That’s right! You are running for President in a country where the Latino population grew by over 49 percent from 2000-2012, while the rest of the country grew by 5.8 percent. What’s more, we are the future. The median age of the average Latino is 27 years old, compared to 42 years old for white Americans. In case you need a translation, that means there are a whole lot of Americans who are Latino and have the right to vote. And, we’re not going anywhere,” she said.

For all his claims that Hispanics love him, he is clearly living in a fantasy world. America mentioned some of the milestones the country recently celebrated and why his remarks are not reflective of where we are headed.

“…marriage equality, universal healthcare, removing of the confederate flag — making it clear in which direction the country is moving. That is why racist remarks that play to extremists won’t change the tide, no matter how hard you try. They will only serve to rally more Latino voters to the polls. Your negativity and your poorly thought out speech ignited a fire in our community,” she said.

And many people have pointed out the blatant hypocrisy and double standards in Trump hating on immigrants and Latinos, because if it weren’t for them, America would not be the great nation it is today.

“The truth is, Mr. Trump, that your comments mean that you fail to see that immigrants are what have made this nation. They are at the core of our ideals, and they are the foundation that keeps us afloat. No, Mr. Trump, you may not reduce us to drug dealers and rapists. We are moms and dads, sons and daughters. We are valedictorians and honor students. We are college graduates, bankers, police officers, entertainers, teachers, journalists, politicians and we are the future of America,”concluded the actress, giving us and many readers a whole new perspective on what could be a very depressing and alienating outlook at the current landscape of conservative politics. To read the full blog post written by America Ferrera click here.

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It was a great rallying cry and reminder of the power of our vote. Donald Trump can swing his bigoted bat in any direction he wants during the election campaign, but he doesn’t get to dictate who we vote for.

Another actress who didn’t hold back on expressing her views about immigration and Donald Trump’s views was actress Zoe Saldana who graces the December 2015/January 2016 Latina magazine cover. In an interview posted online, aside from talking about how Latino entertainers and entertainment is infiltrating mainstream America (‘Ugly Betty’, ‘Jane The Virgin’ just to name a few shows’) she was asked her views on the hatred toward immigrants in light of the political conversation around them.

“You can’t kill us. You can’t send us back. We are millions and millions here because it is our time to migrate. We are the youngest culture. We are doing what your people did. So shut up and just deal with it. Adjust your laws, because it’s not going away. If anything, I want to give them a hug, and say, ‘It’s okay. It’s new. Don’t be scared. We’re great people. We’re gonna do great and better things for your country. Trust me.’ We’re not angry either. We’re a culture that isn’t angry,” she said when asked about those who are “scared” of the Latinization of America. And let’s be honest, the majority of people who are scared are believing the lies and propaganda, because as Zoe and America point out, Latinos aren’t some obscure minority or niche market, they are a vital and integral part of what makes America, they ARE America.

“Once we started being discriminated against, we chose the high road: Keep quiet. Keep working. Don’t teach our kids Spanish because we don’t want them to get picked on. Now we’re entering that phase where the first and the second generations are so in love with our ancestry and want to keep it alive in the best possible way. So it’s more like, ‘I’m not keeping my head down. This is who I am, and I’m just as American as I am Latina. So you need to move out of the way. I’m not asking.’ I love this proprietorship, because this country does belong to Latinos, too. We’re working here, and our sons are dying at war for the U.S. So it belongs to me as much as it belongs to my neighbor,” said Zoe.

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She also believes people need to stop fantasizing about some bygone era and face the reality of what makes America today. The more we do that and embrace our diverse population, the more we can move forward. But perhaps there are some who have conveniently forgotten that unless you are Native American, we ALL have an immigrant history with this country.

“This topic of immigration hurts because I don’t want to be angry anymore. I don’t believe that what anybody else is saying is true about me or my people. I’m kind of embarrassed when you see all of these people talking on national television, and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, if your grandfather were alive today, when he came here from Ireland, from Italy, escaped the f–king war in Russia. You’re rotting his name to shame. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, or how many degrees from Ivy League schools. You’re such a bigot. You’re such a hick right now.’ People have to be open to the reality of what’s happening in our country,” she said.

It’s important for celebrities to take a stand against harmful and deceitful political propaganda that does NOT represent what America is today or what it will be going forward. Those of us who have the opportunity to vote, (or register if you haven’t yet done so) we cannot stress enough how important it is. We can allow the media to have a field day focusing on guys like Donald Trump whose outdated views are going to literally do nothing for this country or benefit anyone, or we can find candidates who best represent this diverse population’s interests. Sorry Mr. Trump, you are not going to make America great again or ever. We the people are!

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