Salma Hayek’s Comments on Racism Should Make Every American Think (VIDEO)

salma hayekFor most of us, the only silver lining to Donald Trump's presidential campaign is that it's given comedians some truly excellent material. But according to actress Salma Hayek, Trump's recent (insane) remarks about Mexicans actually did have one surprisingly positive side effect.

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In an excerpt from an upcoming interview on Fusion's America with Jorge Ramos, the Mexican-born actress is admirably candid about her reactions to Trump's unbelievably offensive comments about Mexican immigrants (ICYMI: He says they're "bringing drugs," "bringing crime," and "are rapists.")

"The good thing about what Trump did is that it's shown a light to the level of the problem of racism," she says.

"The minute he attacked the Mexicans, his numbers went up."

Whoa. I hadn't thought of it that way, but GOOD LORD, she's totally right. That says something pretty horrifying about Trump's supporters (as if we weren't horrified already by the part about their being Trump supporters): There are more of them than we might have thought, and at least a portion of them are more racist than we might have thought. 

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But maybe we just didn't see the full extent of the problem because we didn't want to. At least that's what Hayek seems to think:

"I think that we’ve been navigating, for a long time, with this idea of America -- that it’s inclusive," she adds in the clip.

"That it’s a place where there’s no discrimination. In fact, it is a very serious problem," she says.

Indeed. Check it out: 

Salma Hayek: Racism is a very serious problem in America

"The good thing about what Trump did is that it's shown a light to the level of the problem of racism. The minute he attacked the Mexicans, his numbers went up." Salma Hayek Pinault

Posted by America with Jorge Ramos on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Personally, I can't wait to see the rest of this interview (airing August 11). Hayek is eloquent, well-informed, and passionate, and we need to hear more voices like hers right now (and less like somebody else, if you know what I mean). 

 

Image via America with Jorge Ramos/Facebook 

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