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Shakira Pens Article About the Travel Ban: America Must Protect All Our People

Culture & Community By Richard R, For Latin Life2032 views
Shakira Pens Article About the Travel Ban: America Must Protect All Our People

Whether you want it or not, some celebrities are very outspoken in their political beliefs.  And some have done both good and bad with it.

Shakira steps up to the plate as she uses her star power in lending a voice against the "Muslim Ban" that Donald Trump ordered and is currently being reviewed by the high courts. The Colombian singer penned an article for Time magazine where she says that the ban "is not just a U.S. issue, his is a human issue that has implications for all of us."

In her own words, she wrote:

"The recent ban on Muslims entering the U.S. proposed by Donald Trump and currently being reviewed in courts has ignited cries of resistance from both within the U.S. and abroad. I’d like to take a minute, with your indulgence, to add my voice to the heap. Because this is not just a U.S. issue. This is a human issue that has implications for all of us; American and non-American citizens like myself.

Persecution against any group for religious beliefs or race is illegal and unconstitutional in the U.S. Period.

This isn't just an attack on Muslims or refugees — this is an attack on all humans and in particular, the ones most in need of protection. Right now, worldwide, 28 million children have been uprooted by conflict, driven from their homes by violence and terror. Children know no nations and no borders; those who survive will grow up to follow the lead of those who take them in. Do we show them love and acceptance? Or allow them to fend for themselves, vulnerable to guerrilla groups that will only teach them to perpetuate this cycle of violence?
We have to be vigilant about letting bigotry and hatred creep into the mainstream or be rationalized under the guise of "protecting our people." If we accept blanket targeting towards Muslims, we can all be sure that other minority groups won’t be far behind, whether it’s by closing borders to other supposed “dangerous” groups or trampling their human rights in other ways.

Muslims are our people. They are human beings with children, needs and dreams like the rest of us. Not all Muslims are terrorists, and by the way, not all terrorists are Muslims.

Latinos are our people. They don’t come to “steal jobs” — they come seeking an opportunity to build a better life for themselves and for their children, which is what the U.S. has always prided itself on representing: opportunities. They are a huge part of the workforce that has contributed to making America the great country it is today..."

All things said and done, you gotta love Shakira for that.