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Mahershala Ali took home tonight’s SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role” for his work in Moonlight, but it’s his acceptance speech that had Twitter weeping. The talented actor discussed his role in the film, using it as an opportunity to connect it with today’s volatile political climate.

“What I’ve learned from working on Moonlight is you see what happens when you persecute people: they fold into themselves,” an emotion Ali stated. “What I was so grateful about in having the opportunity to play Juan was playing a gentlemen who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community and taking that opportunity to uplift him and tell him that he’s OK and accept him and I hope that we do a better job of that,” he continued to a rapturous applause.

The actor then used his closing moments to recount his decision to convert to Islam some 17 years ago. “My mother is an ordained [Christian] minister, I’m a Muslim. She didn’t do backflips when I called her to tell her that I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, we put things to side and I’m able to see her and she’s able to see me. We love each other and the love has grown. The other stuff is minutiae, it’s not that important.”

Reaction on Twitter to Ali’s anecdote was all positive, particularly in the face of the partial-Muslim ban put in place by the Trump administration this weekend. Check out some of the tweets blow regarding the actor’s moving speech.

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White Cheerleaders Scream “F*ck N*ggers” In Viral Video — But Why Officials Might Be Defending The Girls

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A video has gone viral of a group of white high school students screaming what appears to be “f*ck ni**ers,” but is there more to the disgusting clip?

The horrendous visual, which went viral earlier this week, shows three girls from Weber High School in Utah yelling the offensive phrase at the top of their lungs.

“We are shocked by the conduct of these students and the contents of the video,” Weber School District said in a statement of the 10 second video. “School officials have started an investigation and the matter is being taken very seriously.”

They added, “We are trying to determine when the video was made, where it was filmed, why the students would engage in such conduct, and how the clip ended up on social media.”

While folks around the nation are disgusted by the disturbing occurrence, some school officials might be defending the group of perceived racists teens.

The district confirmed that an IT guy is looking into the video to see if there was an original video that was put into an app to make a phrase play backwards.

So what could the girls possibly been saying? “Surgeon cuff.” Ummmm, because there’s nothing like yelling “surgeon cuff” in the middle of the day.

After watching the video: Do you think the girls are outright yelling “f*ck n*ggers?”

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