Ever since Trump’s election, minorities of all types have been terrified of what will come after his inauguration. Today, a new, Katy Perry-produced PSA warns of the dangers to the Muslim community should The Donald enact his proposed Muslim registry. The video, directed by Aya Tanimura, tells the story of Haru Kuromiya, who was dragged from her home in Riverside, California to the Manzanar internment camp with her family. At the end, Haru reveals herself to be Pakistani actress, Hina Khan, disguised in prosthetics, urging Americans to fight so history doesn’t repeat itself.
“Trump has created an atmosphere of fear for Muslim Americans in the United States,” said Tanimura. “The accountability and responsibility for what you say and do now has been lifted so people feel a little freer to be racist, or act upon racism, because there are not necessarily consequences for it—it’s just acceptable behavior. If laws are put in place to back that up, it will be pretty scary.”
Of Perry’s involvement with the project, she said:
“Katy has always been a champion of the underdog, of minorities, of the people who are kind of left of center, and she’s become more politically involved in the last few election cycles. I think like a lot of us who are terrified of Trump’s ideals and policies, she is too. And this is one instance where she’s able to help educate someone — even one person—on the horrors of the past and what could potentially be repeated.”
Watch the powerful video, below.