After Donald Trump called Mexican and Latino immigrants rapists and criminals, his comments were met with outrage. In three short weeks, his repeated insults led to something he probably didn’t expect: rallying Latinos around a common cause. The move has led actors, musicians and mitú’s own president and co-founder, Beatriz Acevedo, to say, “Thank you for bringing us together.”
Sincerely, Beatriz Acevedo
President and Co-Founder of mitú
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It’s empowering to see how this event has inspired this vast group of Latinos to speak up and raise their voices. I read a brilliant piece by Latina actress and activist America Ferrera where she thanked Donald Trump for making our jobs easier, by energizing the Latino community to head out to the polls this upcoming election. And yes, Latinos can swing an election.
Like Ms. Ferrera, I personally want to thank Mr. Trump as well, for encouraging us to raise our voices and express our collective opinions surrounding his unfortunate comments. Even in the midst of my own outrage and frustration, I felt proud seeing so many examples of extraordinary Latinos, in all walks of life making America better every day.
For me professionally, as a Mexican immigrant who arrived here 20 years ago on an investor visa, with a goal to create new businesses for me and other like-minded entrepreneurial Latinos, it reminded me of the responsibility I have to help eradicate these ridiculous stereotypes in our country, and as a mother of 10 year old Mexican American twins, this was a valuable teaching moment that allowed me to show them why racism, ignorance, intolerance and hatred towards any human being are not the values this country was built on, and ones in which we should never stand for.
Sincerely, America Ferrera
Actor & Activist
My open letter to Donald Trump: "Thank you Donald Trump!" http://t.co/X7hyuxSeip
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) July 2, 2015
Credit: @AmericaFerrera / Twitter
You’ve said some pretty offensive things about Latino immigrants recently, and I think they’re worth addressing. Because, you know, this is the United States of America, where I have a right to speak up even if I’m not a billionaire. Isn’t that awesome?
Anyway, I heard what you said about the kind of people you think Latino immigrants are — people with problems, who bring drugs, crime and rape to America. 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!
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.
Sincerely, Chingo Bling
— StreetSeen Magazine (@StreetSeen) July 3, 2015
Dear Donald Trump,
I would like to take this time to THANK YOU for your recent comments on your campaign trail. When it is all said and done, you will go down in history as a man who sparked a massive tidal wave of change and forced a people to rise up. A man who made a tough decision of using Mexican immigrants as a scapegoat in order to bring some facts to the light.
The fact that we currently don’t show up to the polls as we should. The fact that our numbers are strong yet our voice is not. The fact that brands, networks and presidential hopefuls constantly flirt with our demographic with an insatiable predatory appetite. These culture vultures are on a mission to pillage riches greater than any conquistador ever has. The fact that we are too busy working for the American Dream that we blindly give our hard earned paychecks to companies that truly don’t care about us. Thanks to you we will be on high alert and more critical of those who court us. Thank You Señor Trump.
Sincerely, Paulina Vega
Miss Universe 2014
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I find Mr. Trump’s comments unjust and hurtful. As a Colombian and as Miss Universe, I want to show my support and validate the sentiments of the Latin community.
The Miss Universe Organization works independently from its owners. For the past 64 years, they have created partnerships with great charity groups and have helped thousands of communities. Their legacy of uniting countries from around the world has been inspiring to many. If the Miss Universe Organization shared any anti-Latin sentiments or any type of racial biases, I wouldn’t be in this position today.
I strongly believe that dividing and categorizing humankind only holds it back. Acknowledging and embracing the differences that exist across humanity is the first step in real and substantial development. We must strive together in order to improve the common good.
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