Transcript for John Leguizamo on the impact of COVID-19 in communities of color and how he's helping
We've been looking all week at black and brown communities. I know it's probably no surprise to you, just as it isn't to me, that black and brown communities were pummeled by this virus. It's so tragic. It's like, you would think, all right, this covid is going to be, you know, equal. For everybody. Mm-hm. But it's not. It's always to the communities who, who are, who have to work. The working class. And we Latin and black people are the biggest working class in America. What makes them so vulneble in your mind? So they're in constant contact with somebody who might be infected, and then they come back to their homes, and then it spreads easily, because we like I'm just kidding. But we are huggers. And we do, our six foot is only three feet. It's different. We like to be close to each other. You have a site. You've led an effort, and the idea is staying home. Tell me what your motivation is, what do you hope to get at where some of them can't stay home? ? We're hoping to get to the Latin community, to give them advice, entertainment, some options when they are home. And they're not getting information they need for their communities, for the Latin community to see themselves and to hear their troubles and, you know, sometimes having an ear, sometimes having a little entertainment helps you get through these hard times, and a lot of the people working are giving covid advice, about unemployment, are sharing jokes. We spoke with an er doctor in Chicago who is a Latina, and she said that she sort of feels it personally, when she sees these patients who come in. She looks into their eyes and it's almost as if she's seeing her relative. Do you feel it personally, when you see some of the suffering happening in black and brown communities around the country? I suffer when anybody suffers, black, white, jewish, Asian. You just do, as an artist. It crushes you, it hits you. You know how they struggle. You know how they are just trying to live life the way the rest of us, and look at the troubles they're dealing with. It's painful to watch. And what is it about the community that allows it to triumph in spite of this? How do you explain that? We have such a positive outlook, even at the darkest direst moments. We always have a positive outlook. We love to dance. We love to laugh. I think these are the healing things and a very forgiving community, very inclusive. We love everybody. Want everybody, you know, I think those are the positive qualities that really help us
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