Zoe Saldana to Xenophobes: “The Only True American Here is the Native American”

By Kenrya Rankin Nov 06, 2015

Zoe Saldana covers the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Latina magazine, and the Dominican actress had lots to say about xenophobia and the immigration debate currently ruling the 2016 presidential election.

The only true American here is the Native American. Everyone else is a transplant. …This topic of immigration hurts because I don’t want to be angry anymore. I don’t believe that what anybody else is saying is true about me or my people. I’m kind of embarrassed when you see all of these people talking on national television, and it’s like, “Oh my God, if your grandfather were alive today, when he came here from Ireland, from Italy, escaped the f**king war in Russia. You’re rotting his name to shame. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, or how many degrees from Ivy League schools. You’re such a bigot. You’re such a hick right now.” People have to be open to the reality of what’s happening in our country.

You can’t kill us. You can’t send us back. We are millions and millions here because it is our time to migrate. We are the youngest culture. We are doing what your people did. So shut up and just deal with it. …If anything, I want to give them a hug, and say, “It’s okay. It’s new. Don’t be scared. We’re great people. We’re gonna do great and better things for your country. Trust me.” 

Read the full interview on Latina’s website.