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Stacey Dash and Donald Trump's audience
How many contradictions can you fit into one interview, Stacey Dash?
"I think that people should never fight, we should all love one another, and discrimination shouldn't happen. People who complain about racism are racists because if they weren't they would understand that God wouldn't make a mistake by incorrectly color-coding quality of life."
Okay, so the above isn't a real quote. But this is what I might as well hear when someone like Stacey Dash opens her mouth. Here is what she said on Fox and Friends in an interview about the Oscar race controversy. Read her comments below.
"We have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration, and 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 are only awarded if you are black."
“If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”
FOX Reporter: “So, you say there shouldn’t be a BET channel?”
Stacey Dash: “No. I don’t think so. No.
“Just like there shouldn’t be a Black History Month. You know, we’re Americans. Period. That’s it.”
FOX Reporter: “Are you saying there shouldn’t be a Black History Month because there isn’t a white history month?”
Stacey Dash: “Exactly. Exactly.”
She, then, goes on to say that if there is a problem in Hollywood where Black actors are not offered the same opportunities as White actors, then Obama should have addressed that problem because he's Black.
How many contradictions can you get into one interview, Stacey Dash?
I don't know where to start because all of this was so stupid, but I guess I'll just call out blatant lies.
Umm... The BET Awards and NAACP Image Awards have awarded white actors and artists. That statement she made was just a lie. Those awards aren't about only giving awards to black people as Dash, so racistly, insinuated. These awards were created to honor cultural work. All cultures in America and outside of America honor their own work. How dare she call honoring culture, "racist." If honoring culture is racist, then think about the statement you're making. Are Irish traditions racist, Stacey Dash? Are German traditions racist? Are Jewish traditions racist? Are Indian traditions racist? Chinese, Japanese, Mexican... I could go on. The Academy Awards isn't a cultural award show. It is supposed to represent all of us. From your statements, you're positioning the Academy Awards as a White Cultural Award show by comparing it to Black Cultural Award shows. So, if you admit that the Academy Awards is a White Cultural Awards Show, I can't follow your logic about there not being a White History Month. By the same logic, if you're comparing Black History Month to regular history, aren't you admitting that "regular history" is White History? So if regular history is White History, Stacey Dash, why do you think that there needs to be a White History Month?
And then you blame it on Obama
Why would the President of the United States get involved with film casting, Stacey Dash?
“What I find astounding is that we’ve had a president who is black in office for the past eight years, who gets most of his funding from the liberal elite in Hollywood, yet there are not very many roles for people of color. How can that be, and why is it just now being addressed?”
When in doubt, blame Obama.
Fox and Friends/ Fox News
Fox and Friends and Fox News has a habit of peddling fiction as fact. They have a loyal audience who will believe anything that is said on that channel because they desperately want to believe it. It's a formula that works for the show because there is a large enough audience of people in the United States who want to believe the fiction that makes them feel better about themselves.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to believe something that makes you feel better. We all do it. It's human nature, and wanting to believe something that makes you feel better is often times a part of the human strength that can pull us through hard times.
However, when a narrative is formed to uplift one group of people at the expense of another, you get controversy and division that most Americans do not want. Therefore, backlash and a calling-out of lies and deceit follows.
It's a shame that Fox and Friends and Fox News have chosen to use Black people and other people of color as the scapegoat in their narrative to uplift their audience. But, this formula works for their audience because they target a group of people who are closed off from people who don't look the same as they do. These communities might have a few minorities of color sprinkled in their town here and there, so Fox is smart to pay Black people to come on their show and play the role of the only dark-skinned family in town (playing the role of "the good Black.")
This probably bothers me so much because I grew up in a republican town that was only 5% African American, and I was the only black person around in most situations. I know, all too well, the stereotypes that people have of folks who look like me. And, I also know what happens once those people get to know you. They see that you aren't the monster they expected you to be. They see that you are just like them. And then something weird happens. In their mind, they separate you from "the rest of them." They think of you as a "good Black person."
The black people who lie about other black people on Fox News are making money off of this gig, by playing the role of the "good Black" for an audience who will believe it.
My hub, "Black Country Music Artists" explains my background. Read that hub for my personal experience with being a token black person who moved to a place with a 58% black population. Read how I was suspected of being a liar who would use black people as a scapegoat just because I was from a majority white town, and listened to country music.
Watch the video below for more details on why I'm so disappointed.