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Actress Yara Shahidi Proud to Be Iranian and Black

“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.”

Actress Yara Shahidi who plays Zoey, the eldest child of Dre (Anthony Anderson and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) in the American sitcom, Blackish shared her views on the executive order to ban refugees from seven different countries — including Iran, where her father is from:

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She continued, “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. I would not exist and I wouldn’t have two amazing brothers.”

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“Xenophobia destroys the power of love and the power of our collective potential. 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.”