In a four-and-a-half minute long video, the popular actor best known for his work as Mr. Sulu (Hikari Sulu) on the original Star Trek series, implored Latinos to not vote for Trump. And he does it in our native tongue, Spanish.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
- George Santayana
This political season has had me increasingly worried. Living, as I do, in a region with a majority Latino population and seeing so much of that population leaning towards Trump scares the crap out of me. Those fears have escalated in the wake of Donald Trump’s 75 minute long speech accepting the nomination of the Republican Party this week.
Trump’s speech was filled with factual inaccuracies aimed at stoking fear of Mexicans (and other Latinos), refugees and the black community. His rhetoric elicited cheers for blood from the RNC audience. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t feel a little nauseous and anxious listening to him yell for over an hour and the glee with which the audience responded.
So back to George Takei.
Takei and his family were rounded up and sent to internment camps for Japanese Americans and immigrants during World War II, all for the unforgivable crime of sharing an ancestry with the men who bombed Pearl Harbor.
Their rights were forfeited — for four years — because of racial hysteria and fear.
Understandably, Takei has noticed some parallels between what happened in the 1940s and the popular racist rhetoric Trump — and as a consequence, the entire GOP — is spreading today. His video, linked below, is an impassioned plea to Latinos to let our voices be heard and hopefully prevent the repeating of a shameful history he experienced first hand.
It’s a powerful video, from recounting his own history with brutal honesty, to the respect he shows the Latino community by speaking to us in our common language (and doing a pretty fine job of it, IMHO).
Please, take a moment to watch. (For some reason, the Facebook video won’t embed here in the post).
H/t BorgChupacabras for tweeting the link to the Mic story.