I’ll say this, Stacey Dash made a valid point on Fox & Friends on Jan. 20 that we need to come together as Americans and stop segregating ourselves. But in trying to validate her point, she used some very ignorant, head-scratching reasoning.
Dash, who was responding to the call of African-Americans to boycott the 2016 Oscars due to a lack of diversity, said that if blacks and other minority groups want to be included in such events like the Oscars, then we need to stop segregating ourselves by bringing to an end BET, The BET Awards, the NAACP Image Awards, and Black History Month, calling it a “double-standard” to call out the Oscars for lack of diversity but not included any “white” performers for black award shows and the lack of a calendar month that celebrates white achievements.
That is ignorance at its best. It also shows just how out-of-touch Dash is about minority affairs.
The reason we even have networks like BET and Univision, and months like Black History (February) and Hispanic Heritage (September) is to highlight and show the culture and achievements of minorities. Yes, it’s important to teach our children the culture of America, but it’s also important for them to learn of their culture too, and how are they going to learn about their ancestors and culture if Black and Hispanic history is not taught in schools nor if minority achievements are not celebrated?
Answer this: Do you believe that the majority of programs that are currently aired on networks like BET and Univision will be picked up by “mainstream” networks like ABC and NBC?
The short answer: Nope.
No one outside of African-Americans is going to watch “Being Mary Jane” on NBC or “106 & Park” on MTV. Those programs will be deemed, in industry talk, “too urban,” and will be yanked as fast as they came on.
Do you think a non-Spanish speaking person is going to sit through an hour of “Amores Verdaderos” on ABC or watch the “Nuestra Belleza Latina” on CBS?
The short answer: Nope.
That’s why we have channels like BET and Univision. Those programs – and a lot more like them — won’t be shown on any mainstream network because they’ll be rejected by a mostly white demographics. That’s why we have Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. Not only does it give young blacks and Hispanics the opportunity to learn about their heritage, but it also offers a chance for whites and other demographics to learn about the history as well.
Like it or not, Dash, that is American history as well. Something you can’t “whitewash” over, which is essentially what Dash is calling for.
So while Stacey Dash is right that boycotting the Oscars won’t solve anything, her reasoning for Americans to come together won’t solve anything either. The only way to get Americans to unite is to teach others how to learn and accepted different cultures while at the same time teaching American values.
Boycotting the Oscars won’t bring Americans together, and neither will getting rid of BET.