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In a New York Times op-ed published this morning, John Leguizamo cites the "one good thing" that Donald Trump has done: Thanks to his flair for racism and xenophobia, the Republican nominee has "galvanized" the Latinx community.

The Colombian American actor's essay, "Too Bad You're Latin," takes its title from a conversation he recalls having in Hollywood:

A well-intentioned producer once said to me, ‚ÄúJohn, you‚Äôre so talented, but too bad you‚Äôre Latin ‚ÄĒ otherwise you‚Äôd be so much further along.‚ÄĚ When I pitched a movie about Latinos, another producer said: ‚ÄúLatin? People don‚Äôt want to see Latin people.‚ÄĚ This is not just my experience but a typical Latino person‚Äôs experience in America.

The star of¬†Moulin Rouge! and¬†Romeo + Juliet¬†goes on to remind readers of¬†the vital¬†role that¬†Latinxs have played in U.S. history‚ÄĒbefore the U.S. was the U.S., even‚ÄĒand condemn the state of racial profiling, anti-immigrant prejudice, and media representation in¬†America. "We need a Latino Spring in this country," he writes, calling on Latinx voters (who constitute the largest ethnic minority in the United States) to "demand power and equal opportunity" and make their voices heard at the polls next month.

In a November interview with Yahoo! News Live, Leguizamo lambasted¬†Saturday Night Live for inviting Trump to host:¬†‚ÄúI find it hurtful and insulting, and you‚Äôre celebrating someone who has said some horrible things. I find it unacceptable, I will not watch SNL anymore.‚ÄĚ

Read Leguizamo's NYT op-ed in full here.

Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.