'Black-ish' Star Yara Shahidi Nails Exactly Why Representation Matters

Source: AP
Source: AP

Half-black, half-Iranian Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi proved she's Amandla Stenberg-level woke during a speech she delivered at an event for activist organization Points of Light in June.

Shahidi brilliantly explained how media influences our perceptions of certain races and ethnicities:

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Like, for example, the way Muslims are represented in the news:

Source: Mic/YouTube
Source: Mic/YouTube

"Often times any person from a protected class  whether that be LGBTQ, women, people of color, immigrants, whatever it may be is default the representative of their entire community," she said. "And that is a lot of responsibility."

Watch the full video below:

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Jessica Eggert

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