Stacy Dash… You’re Wrong

If no one else is going to tell you, Ms. Dash, I’ll say it: Please, shut up! All day I’ve been trying to figure out what made you make the comments you’ve made today. It’s not like you haven’t been making irrational statements your entire career, but today was different. 

“Either we want to have segregation or integration. If we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you’re only awarded if you’re black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”

It’s a double standard? Are you serious? First off, you nor the crazy man running for president must watch the BET Awards; White people are nominated and win all the time. Unlike the Oscars, any person of talent can fall into a nominated category. Does cancelling an Award show that basically gives out awards for mostly Black genres and fields mean we cancel the CMAs too? Because your friends would probably have a hissy fit, Ms. Dash. 

I’d like to remind you that Black Entertainment Television and the BET/Image Awards were created to give Blacks awards when we weren’t being recognized. I’d like to point out that winning an award for playing the “good slave” doesn’t mean we’re equal. I’d also like to point out that this year’s Oscar’s nominations proves why we still need BET and the Image Awards. Let’s not forget that the majority of television is “wet” anyway… As in it’s already White Entertainment Television. 

Then, you had the nerve to say we don’t need Black history month. “If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms, it’s a double standard. There shouldn’t be a black history month. We’re Americans. Period.”

Really? We’re all just Americans? Then please tell me why Blacks have to take an African-American History class to learn their importance in American History? Why isn’t all of their achievements in the standard US History class? I’m pretty sure the same holds true for other minorities. 

Girl, you sound uneducated on what you addressed. I don’t know who told you that Blacks packed their vacation bags, hopped on a cruise boat, had fun volunteering on the plantation, marched around Selma for exercise and are now the primary cause of segregation, but you need to check yourself with some reality. Minorities have barely had 50 years to get their life together in America. That is the blink of an eye. 

We’re still being murdered. We’re still being incarcerated for petty crimes at longer rates than we should. We’re still discriminated against. And we’re still having to fight a system that was designed to keep us down. Some of us are still trying to get clean water.

And it’s not just a Black thing. There are award ceremonies and television stations just for Latinos, Asians, and different religions. Respectfully, it seems like you’re helping widen the divide, not close it… 

SN: Yes I can address this situation and still be heavily concerned with the Flint Water Crisis.  

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Bryant Smith

Bryant Smith is the founder and owner of The Top Tea.

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