When the Mexicans had their reputation maligned, I spoke up because, while I am not Mexican, I am Latina. I do not know what it is like to be black but I can speak up against all the injustices that simply having more melanin in your skin have brought against African Americans.
I cannot continue to keep silent in the midst of this willful killing of people of color simply because there exists a misconception. We are all people, and to classify someone as being a certain way because of their skin color is just wrong.
In my dealings with thousands of patients during my career as a physician, I have found that we all have the same wishes and dreams for ourselves and our children. To continue to vilify a group of people simply because of the color of their skin is not proper.
I support African-American citizens in their fight for justice and peace.
Alina Valdes, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, District 25, Pembroke Pines