Reacting to the Muslim ban imposed last week by President Donald Trump, “Black-ish” actress Yara Shahidi revealing if a similar ban had been enacted decades years ago, it could have changed the face of her family.
Shahidi, who identifies as a Black Iranian, reflected on the Muslims who are stuck in airports around the country and others who are unable to come back to the U.S. from overseas, thanks to Trump’s executive order signed Friday, Jan. 27 temporarily blocking Muslims in seven countries from entering America.
“If my Baba was stuck in an airport because of a Muslim ban 39 years ago, he would have never fallen in love with my mama,” the actress wrote. “I would not exist and I wouldn’t have two amazing brothers.
“Xenophobia destroys the power of love and the power of our collective potential,” she said. “It creates a false sense of security for some and an environment of fear for others. Immigrants don’t threaten safety — stereotypical narratives that promote hate do.”
Shahidi’s political commentary should come as no surprise. The star’s hit ABC sitcom frequently takes on current events, specifically as it relates to the Black community. Recent episodes included a discussion on police brutality, the politics of engaging with white people and Trump’s election.
The 16-year-old, who also shared the message about her family on Twitter, received several responses supporting her words of inclusion.
Shahidi enjoyed similar support on Twitter.
@YaraShahidi Preach sis. America is a melting pot of many cultures. We have to fight to keep these ideals.
— NATALIE AGUILERA (@HailXtina) January 28, 2017
@YaraShahidi what a beautiful example you are to young women, and, well, everyone else! 🙂
— Bobble Head Lives (@BobblHeadLives) January 29, 2017
— Feven ?❤️ (@Fevu_shikor_) January 29, 2017
@YaraShahidi SAY THAT SHIT, YARA!
— Krewe Du Saint (@IfIWereMagneto) January 29, 2017
— I’ll Miss The Obamas (@kevindpeeples) January 29, 2017
@YaraShahidi We love you girl x
— Natasha ?⚽??? (@NatashaSHenry) January 29, 2017