It takes a massive amount of courage to speak the truth. And when someone tells the truth that opposes what other people believe from within their own camp, then speaking truth becomes even scarier. That is unless the truth teller sees him/herself above such classifications. This is the case with Hollywood actress, Stacy Dash who criticized the Black Entertainment Television (BET).
Criticism of her has been fierce. One man even claimed she was no longer Black. Despite this, she is not backing down.
In fact she is doing the opposite: she’s facing them head on.
Fox News contributor Stacey Dash created quite the controversythis week when she suggested that black entertainers who support self-segregation–à la BET and Black History Month–are hypocrites for trashing the lack of black Oscar nominees.
In response, BET took cheap shots at the 49-year-old actress and suggested she return the check the network paid her for a reoccurring role on a now-defunct show.
In response to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Stacy defended the Academy’s Oscar nominations and spoke out against those who said they will boycott the awards ceremony because of “racism” against Black actors.
In response, Stacy wrote a short piece that speaks volumes of truth.
I’m thankful for all of the acting jobs I’ve had. But I look forward to the day when people don’t self-segregate based on skin color, while loudly complaining about a segregated society.
That might be hard for the people at BET to understand, especially after I read this quote from a BET exec about the Oscars:
“It would be great if the Oscar nominees represented even closely the percentage of moviegoers who are of different ethnicities, but they don’t,” said Stephen Hill.
Stacy then takes Mr. Hill to task for his hypocritical thinking. Mocking his and others’ thinking on “Black society” in America.
Wow. Apparently, Mr. Hill doesn’t understand what an Oscar is.
Oscars are awarded to the actors and actresses who excel… not the audience.
What’s next? Awarding $1 million to the guy sitting in his pajamas on the couch watching Survivor? Giving a blue ribbon to the kid who stayed home from field day? Giving a Nobel Peace Prize to a President who escalated wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?
No, that would be unreasonable.
The problem is that few people are brave enough to point out the false and unreachable standard this kind of thinking creates for American culture and society. Everyone is supposed to be “color blind” — with an exception. But this is impossible. Do people have a favorite Black actor or actress — or a favorite actor or actress?
Stacy reminds all Americans of every color that if they are going to reach a time when color does not matter, then they must first stop making so much of the color of their own skin. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream was that people would be judged, ” . . . not by the color of their skin but the context of their character.”
Stacy Dash has called us all back to that dream.