The republican nominee’s hate speech hits a little too close to home for Aziz Ansari.
Aziz Ansari is proud to be the son of Muslim immigrants. But with republican nominee Donal Trump spewing hate speech left and right, Aziz is more than a little afraid for his family.
In an essay for The New York Times, Aziz eloquently explained exactly how Trump’s campaign has affected his life.
Today, with the presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and others like him spewing hate speech, prejudice is reaching new levels. It’s visceral, and scary, and it affects how people live, work and pray. It makes me afraid for my family. It also makes no sense.
The vitriolic and hate-filled rhetoric coming from Mr. Trump isn’t so far off from cursing at strangers from a car window. He has said that people in the American Muslim community “know who the bad ones are,” implying that millions of innocent people are somehow complicit in awful attacks. Not only is this wrongheaded; but it also does nothing to address the real problems posed by terrorist attacks. By Mr. Trump’s logic, after the huge financial crisis of 2007-08, the best way to protect the American economy would have been to ban white males.
Xenophobic rhetoric was central to Mr. Trump’s campaign long before the attack in Orlando. This is a guy who kicked off his presidential run by calling Mexicans “rapists” who were “bringing drugs” to this country. Numerous times, he has said that Muslims in New Jersey were cheering in the streets on Sept. 11, 2001. This has been continually disproved, but he stands by it. I don’t know what every Muslim American was doing that day, but I can tell you what my family was doing. I was studying at N.Y.U., and I lived near the World Trade Center. When the second plane hit, I was on the phone with my mother, who called to tell me to leave my dorm building.
Read Aziz’s full essay “Why Trump Makes Me Scared For My Family” here.
Turns out the New York Times piece was one of the site’s most-read article for days. Now the actor is opening up about the response he’s gotten since the piece came out.
Speaking with The Daily Beast, he said,
“You know, I put out that article and I thought like, ‘Maybe this will resonate with other brown people.’ But it ended up being like the most-emailed, most-viewed article on the site for a couple of days. People come up to me of all different races, all different religions like, ‘That’s really cool that you wrote that. I really liked that article.'”
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Additionally, he discussed what motivated him to write the piece in the first place.
“I think with Trump, that’s just ultimately how he treats everyone that isn’t someone who looks like him. Blaming them for something, misrepresenting them, making them some sort of strange character that they’re not, not giving them the depth that he would give other white people.”
Despite all that Trump has said and done, Aziz doesn’t worry about the future of our country.
“What gives me hope is that I think sometimes the people that are more negative, kind of troll-y type people, they’re very loud, but I think they’re a loud minority. It’s a strange juxtaposition, but I think there are still plenty of good people. I have hope.”