Aziz Ansari has described how Donald Trump has made him fear for his family’s safety, blaming the presidential hopeful for the ever-growing animosity towards American Muslims.
Previously starring in Parks and Recreation, Ansari has gone on to create and star in the acclaimed comedy-drama Master of None.
Writing the piece for the New York Times, Ansari shared the piece on his Twitter profile, writing: “Trump wants to ban Muslim immigrants like my parents. I wrote a piece for @NYTimes telling him to go fuck himself.”
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) June 24, 2016
In the piece, Ansari describes his personal experiences in contrast with Trump’s hate speech, as well as recounting the day of the terror attacks on the Twin Towers, as a student at New York University. He remembers fearing for his life, and speaking on the phone with his family, who were “terrified about [his] safety as they watched the towers collapse.”
Ansari goes on to quote a friend who told him, “I’m really sick of having to explain that I’m not a terrorist every time the shooter is brown.”
He continues, “after these attacks, anyone that even looks like they might be Muslim understands the feelings my friend described. There is a strange feeling that you must almost prove yourself worthy of feeling sad and scared like everyone else.”
Aziz then writes that Trump “has said that people in the American Muslim community “know who the bad ones are,” implying that millions of innocent people are somehow complicit in awful attacks.”
Before continuing, “Not only is this wrongheaded; but it also does nothing to address the real problems posed by terrorist attacks. By Mr. Trump’s logic, after the huge financial crisis of 2007-08, the best way to protect the American economy would have been to ban white males.”