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MIAMI – Actress and activist Rosario Dawson said Wednesday she didn’t hire a ghost writer for the letter she wrote criticizing Mexican-American civil rights activist Dolores Huerta.
“I was compelled to write the letter,” said Dawson, who supports candidate Bernie Sanders and portrayed Huerta in the movie “Cesar Chavez.” “I worked on it for a week. I didn’t write this letter to be divisive.”
Dawson wrote in the March 24th letter that she was “dismayed, and concerned” that Huerta, who supports Hillary Clinton, was hurting her legacy “by becoming an instrument of the establishment, rather than joining this movement to create a better America like you once inspired us to do," Dawson wrote. Dawson's letter was in response to an oped Huerta wrote bashing Sanders.
Huerta told The Associated Press that Dawson’s letter divided Latino voters and blamed it on the Sanders campaign thinking they “can silence my voice.”
Dawson, however, said the intent of her letter was being misinterpreted.
“As a woman I’m being attacked by not automatically supporting a woman, as if that’s something I am just supposed to do,” Dawson told MSNBC and Noticiero Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart after being honored with a Latinovator Award at Hispanicize, one of the largest annual events for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers.
“Believe me, Dolores and I are fine,” Dawson quickly added during the political discussion on stage.
During a Q&A with the press, Dawson was asked if she would support Clinton if she wins nomination. She bristled at the question, saying: "We are not there, so I don’t need to speculate.”
"I really hope that people can start changing that narrative," she said. "We have to let people have their vote and let’s stop dismissing each other and trying to somehow, someway stir someone’s position by giving them this false equivalent question. I really hope you stop asking this question."
Dawson, who most recently starred in the movie "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," in 2004 started Voto Latino, an organization that aims to strengthen the Latino voting power.
Diaz-Balart described Dawson as using her fame to fight for the Latino community.
“It’s so easy to forget those people who don’t have voices when you are comfortable, and yet she does exactly the opposite,” he said of Dawson.
She said while she loves Hollywood, her heart is in being an activist.
“Yes I’m an actress,” she said, “but I’ve been an activist way longer.”