Sal­dana on Trump’s elec­tion: I have re­alised Amer­ica is racist

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Ac­tor Zoe Sal­dana (right) says that elect­ing Don­ald Trump as the US Pres­i­dent is a re­minder of the strong role that race and sex still play in the US.

“There was a re­al­i­sa­tion that I just had in this last elec­tion. That is, Amer­ica is racist,” she said on Sway in the Morn­ing show.

Elab­o­rat­ing on her thought, she said, “Of course, there’s racism ev­ery­where. I’m not say­ing that there isn’t. But I think that sex­ism is much stronger and it’s much more ag­gres­sive.

Not­ing that CEOs are pri­mar­ily males, and that in the art world, male pain­ters are the ones that are more suc­cess­ful, pri­mar­ily, Sal­dana ar­gued that while women do get in­volved, their num­bers are dis­pro­por­tion­ately scarce. “(This) lets you know log­i­cally that there is an im­bal­ance,” she added.

The 38-year-old ac­tor said that part of the prob­lem is a lack of trust in fe­male lead­er­ship. “It’s like the mo­ment a woman gains some kind of po­si­tion of power, she will be ques­tioned,” she said. By hold­ing women to an un­fair stan­dard, Sal­dana added: “It’s like you’re try­ing to prove our in­com­pe­tence.”

Cit­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton as an ex­am­ple, Sal­dana said she “found it of­fen­sive” that the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee was made to seem “in­com­pe­tent” over the han­dling of her email server. “I’m just like, ‘Peo­ple, she’s up against a man that calls women pigs on na­tional tele­vi­sion and she’s in­com­pe­tent?’ There’s a big prob­lem and we have to ad­dress this pink ele­phant in the room. And it has to do with sex­ism in Amer­ica.”

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