Shakira is not the one to stay silent on social issues.
In an open letter for TIME, the Colombian-Lebanese superstar let it be known that she is not standing for President Donald Trump's xenophobia, particularly in reference to the Muslim ban. As a non-U.S. citizen, she believes this goes beyond our country and is a human issue that has implications for everyone.
"Persecution against any group for religious beliefs or race is illegal and unconstitutional in the U.S. Period," she wrote. "This isn't just an attack on Muslims or refugees — this is an attack on all humans and in particular, the ones most in need of protection."
She noted that we need to be vigilant about letting bigotry and hatred creep into our normal ideology under the guise of "protecting our people." She also warned that if we accept blanket targeting toward Muslims, then we can be sure that other minority groups can't be far behind. Within this, she explicitly mentioned Muslims, Latinos and African-Americans, saying, "we shouldn't be singling out groups and differentiating them by race, class, or religion, because according to the Constitution, all of that is irrelevant to their rights as a citizen."
She also urges others to speak up and use their own platforms to denounce hateful actions and language. She cited events such as Occupy Airports, New Yorkers banding together to erase neo-Nazi vandalism, doctors volunteering to give free advice to women who need it and civil rights activists marching on the streets.
"Let's keep tipping the scales in favor of 'liberty and justice for all,' keep using our voices to lift up others and speak out for those whose voices have been stripped from them," she said.
You can read the entire letter here.