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“I’ve spent my entire adult life trying to realize how in the world are we ever going to come together when we keep on using the word ‘race’ as a cultural determinant. How can we even look at one another and understand our unity of humanness when we consider ourselves different races? It’s so difficult that it boggles the mind." (edwardjamesolmos.com)

Yeah, the New York Times is very intellectual and very, very prestigious, but it doesn`t reach the market that People magazine does.

Our inability to relate to one another is very, very, very important. When we don`t have it, we get situations like Bosnia.

Education is a vacine for violence.

And, granted, for a long time, the European has been dominant in certain parts of this Western Hemisphere, but by the end of the 21st century, it`s over.

There are nuclear weapons in China, Iran, Korea and Pakistan. It wouldn`t take much to send a couple of warheads off on this planet somewhere that would cause a lot of environmental damage, then if you have got someone who wants to retaliate you have real problems.

And I`ve been acting for 39 years, so I define characters differently than I did in say Miami Vice.

Right now, the Anglo people are desperately trying to hold on to the United States, like they tried to hold on to Africa.

Education is the key. But it`s the kind of education that we teach that is the key. We don`t have it.

I`m not prepared for holding office any more than I think Arnold is.

I think in Vice and American Me I played very silent, rigid characters and people remember them.

I learned to discipline myself to do things I didn`t want to do.

I`m here to make sense.

There is no way that we know what is going on between the African American and the Asian American. We don`t understand what an Indigenous American is. We don`t understand what a Latino American is.

Because people of color will definitely, definitely become the power base in the Western Hemisphere.

You know, Hillary Clinton gives of herself. Princess Diana gave of herself. But they are not saints.

I support the indigenous people anywhere in the planet.

Basically, I think that there are some characters that you can just allow the truth of your character as a human being in your real life to come through.

I want to show how strong I am from my roots.

I believe that Gandhi was correct. Non-violent civil disobedience is the only way to bring about change that allows people to enjoy the change and not get killed in the process.

I`m always pleased when people respond to the work.

When you`re asked to fly a 747 you better at least be able to fly a Piper cub.

Chiapas is probably the main concern I have right now for the planet.

I don`t support violence, period.

Education is the vaccine for violence.

At the rate we`re going, the 21st century looks pretty clear. It`s going to be pretty violent.

We don`t have as much prejudice as we did 40 years ago, but today it is more educated.

The older you get the more you understand what you`re doing.

Now I also discipline myself to do things I love to do when I don`t want to do them.

A saint is a person who gives of themself without asking for anything in return. That`s how simple it is to be a saint. Try it! Try being a saint.

You get more churches burned down in the United States in the last two years than in the last hundred, because of the lack of understanding of culture and diversity and the beauty of it.

I just don`t deal with any government. I don`t deal with the United States government. When it comes to understanding humanity, they`re the worst.

On Miami Vice and Battlestar Galactica: Miami, although it took place among policemen, wasn`t about reality. It exploited reality to entertain. Battlestar is another thing. Despite it being set in space, it deals with real stuff.

"Sometimes you gotta do things that you don`t really want to do. But you don`t do them for money." Speaking of his role as the laconic "Lt. Castillo" on "Miami Vice" (1984): "I was the highest-paid actor--per word--in the history of television!".


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