By Gladys Oliva |Staff Writer|
Well known anchor and journalist Jorge Ramos and actor Wilmer Valderrama are standing up to speak about discrimination during the current Presidential election.
Ramos held a private screening of his new documentary “Hate Rising” on Oct. 16., which focused on hate groups that feel empowered by presidential candidates Donald Trump.
Ramos was inspired to make the documentary after being kicked out of a Trump conference, and told racist remarks like “Go back to Univision!”
“Hate Rising” reveals how quickly America went from a country full of acceptance to being full of discrimination by showing how Muslim families, Hispanic families and young kids that are all suffering from the heightened racism that has occurred over the past months.
In the film, Ramos takes a seat with various white supremacist and hate groups who share their thought on why they are superior to minorities.
He provided statistics on the increasing number of Ku Klux Klan members which went from 72 to 190 in a span of one year.
Perhaps the supremacist feel they finally have a voice and a leader that proposes a plan to make the white race a majority in America.
The journalist is not only working in film, he is also the co-host of the “RiseUp As One” music festival where Ramos explained how he refuses to be part of a country where racism is acceptable.
Ramos is not alone when it comes to taking a stand against discrimination, many Hispanic celebrities from Becky G, Juanes and Julieta Venegas also stood up for the cause by performing their hit singles on stage.
Wilmer Valderrama attended the “RiseUp As One” concert, where he said, “To be an immigrant is the biggest gift this country and any country can have in the world.”
Both legal and illegal immigrants have received hateful comments but Valderrama speaks on how we should not be ashamed because at the end of the day immigrants are just as American and just as human as everyone else.
Celebrities are pleading the nation to rise together and vote, by sending the message through social media and on stage.
With Bernie Sanders no longer being in the run for presidency, a portion of the millennial generation is refusing to vote urging artists to speak up and advising Americans to hit the polls on Election day.
“I personally don’t want Trump to be our President so if Hilary helps then I’m still going to Participate. I think what celebrities say in the election matters a lot! Solely because they play a huge role in advertisement because to some people their a big influence,” said third year student Alexandrea Baytion.
With the most diverse group of voters and celebrities from different kinds of backgrounds speaking up, we may be able to see a good amount of voters hit the polls this upcoming month.
Make sure you vote for our future president on Nov. 8 go to http://registertovote.ca.gov to become a registered voter.