In discussing the controversy over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees, actress-turned-conservative commentator Stacey Dash made a rather controversial statement.
In the spirit of integration, Dash suggested that we get rid of black-focused TV channels like BET as well as Black History Month.
“We have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration, and if we don’t want segregation, then we have 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 said. “If it were the other way around, we’d be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”
When Fox host Steve Doocy pushed her to elaborate on whether or not there should be a BET, Dash doubled down, saying,
“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.”
There shouldn’t be a black history month. We’re Americans, period.”
On her blog on Patheos, Dash points out that she is only saying what Morgan Freeman once said.
At least on that point, she’s correct:
The internet reaction to Dash’s comments has been massive.