Yara Shahidi speaks out about protests in Iran

Shahidi, who is half Iranian, shares her thoughts on what Americans should know about the protests.
2:58 | 01/03/18

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Yesterday we were talking about the ongoing anti-government protests happening in Iran right now. This strikes a bit of a cord for you. Can you explain for folks? I mean being half Iran I have family where some of the rallies are happening. The larger conversation that I would love to be having is how to look at this from the humane perspective. When we look at countries outside of the United States we have an eye so lay Shon is way of handle this. It's connected to our movements in the past, whether it's black lives or the women's March. It's a way of showing support to the protesters and making sure people are safe and learning how these things affect us. It's more than the Iran deal and these trump tweets. It's about the people affected. The idea they're in a similar situation in which we have to look at the enter connect tift. Go ahead. Can I ask you is it true that women are at the forefront of the protests in Iran? It's a surprising narrative of some. My family is a ma tri arcually. I come from a line of fierce women who were so big in terms of brings the sciences in and humanitarian efforts. It's a narrative if you're from Iran you're familiar with women being at the forefront of these moments. It's a matter of people realizing it for the first time. It's one of those things you're republicaning when people are fighting for their freedom, generally it is the women in the front. It's the kids who take our place if not us. Is your family protesting? Right now I don't have families in the protest right now. It's a difficult thing. My father left before the revolution which happened to be a coincidence. It's one of those things in which people are trying to figure out how to approach the matter and what is the future of Iran and the future of this government. When you bring religion in and that core belief, it's a tough one. It's a very tough one. People say you're talking against my religion. It's like no. When you have a religion 50,000 yea years old, things are going to shift a bit. Things are going to change. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

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