Watch: Mahershala Ali’s powerful SAG Awards speech on persecution and acceptance

Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali: When you persecute people, they fold into themselves

On Sunday night, Mahershala Ali won his first Screen Actors Guild award for his role in Moonlight, and delivered perhaps the best and most poignant acceptance speech of the evening. Ali, who is Muslim, wove his own experience, the current political climate of the United States, and his film into a message about American empathy, or the lack thereof.

“I think what I have learned from working on Moonlight,...

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