Yara Shahidi Is Glad That At Least One Lawmaker Says What Her Generation Is Thinking

"She is adored and admired by people who care about social justice."

Actress and activist Yara Shahidi wrote a glowing essay to honor Maxine Waters after TIME Magazine selected the Congresswoman as one of their 100 most influential people.  

Shahidi, who stars on ABC's hit series black-ish, said the California Democrat is "adored and admired" by people who care about social justice. Shahidi just began a campaign with NowThis to help encourage young Americans to get involved in politics. 

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"Congresswoman Maxine Waters of the 43rd District of California, a.k.a. Auntie Maxine, has made my generation proud to be nieces and nephews," Shahidi wrote. "She is adored and admired by people who care about social justice and is oh so eloquent in letting the world, particularly the white men of Congress who dare test her acumen, know that she is not here for any nonsense... And she reminds us that we are worthy of any space we occupy."

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Rep. Waters has been demonized by far-right media outlets, who often devote entire articles to criticizing her public fumbles. She has become a particularly controversial and outspoken figure in the last two years, while also becoming a hero for many of her constituents.

You can more of Shahidi's TIME 100 essay here

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