Please, hear me out before you disagree with me.
Earlier today, actress and Fox correspondent Stacey Dash was on Fox and Friends. The topic of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Oscars Boycott came up. When asked about how she felt, Dash responded saying the following:
“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’re only awarded if you’re black.”
She then went on to say that there shouldn’t be a Black History Month because as black people “we’re Americans. Period. That’s it.”
Before we go any further, it has to be understood that I know that Stacey Dash was talking out of her ass. Her words lack any real real thought, nor does it seem like she even begins to grasp the original concept behind BET or Black History Month. Stacey Dash, Don Lemon and Raven “I’m from every continent in Africa except one” Symone are three examples of self hating black people that have been given too much of a platform to speak. Having the three of them on a national level only serves to further infuriate the black community. Not to mention that if there is anything to be learned from the fall of Bill Cosby, the white structure that you help build doesn’t actually care about you. If you have to be taken down a peg or two, they’ll do it and leave you out in the cold.
That being said, do you watch BET? I don’t just mean Being Mary Jane. When was the last time you went home and said to yourself “ooh, I’m so excited to watch BET tonight?” I don’t recall having a moment like that since AJ and Free were hosting 106 and Park. Over the years, BET has received criticism for having such a major platform for black people and not using it properly. I can agree with this. I think that they need to showcase more of a variety of things on the network. However, the need to BET and all the African American channels just like it is still there. MTV and VH1 could care less about showing black people on television unless we’re making them laugh or being exploited on any of VH1’s reality shows. BET was created from a need to have black people shown on TV because no one else was doing it. It needs improvement, however, the need is still there.
I can agree with Stacey Dash that we don’t need Black History Month. I’m sure that my reason differs from hers. In my opinion, we don’t need Black History Month because in this day and age, it should be accepted that Black History and culture and “American” (I use the word loosely) culture are one in the same. 20 years from now, we’ll be talking about this era and remembering all the dances, language, hairstyles, etc. that white people took from us and claimed as their own. We don’t need a Black History Month because we should be able to have Black History included in the regular curriculum’s in colleges and university’s across America. However, until that day comes, Black History Month isn’t done serving its purpose. Until then, we’ll need it to constantly remind people that black people exist, because everyone loves forgetting us.
What are your thoughts on Stacey Dash’s comments?