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Black on Black: Stacey Dash Vs. Jesse Williams


Stacey Dash tried it…AGAIN. Allow me to be the first to say that I am more than tolerant of different opinions, beliefs and all that lies in between. Everyone has the right to think for themselves, and I am a champion of encouragement.

But when it comes to the logic of Stacey Dash, I am truly puzzled. I legitimately do not understand her rationale.

In what can be referred to as Exhibit F in the ongoing pop culture court case against her, Ms. Dash took to her personal blog to respond to Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams’ very moving BET Awards speech this past Sunday. Williams, who received the ceremony’s Humanitarian Award, chose to use his platform to speak out and encourage the masses to put an end to racism and the unfair treatment of Black people.

But somehow, SOME way, Ms. Dash took his statement as a plea to keep racism alive.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: BET is keeping racism and segregation alive and this past Sunday’s awards show proves it,” Dash wrote. “Particularly the speech given by Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, whose tirade after receiving the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award for his Black activism was nothing short of an attack on white people. What he said was straight out of the Black Lives Matter playbook, reminding the audience that police do ‘not kill white people’ and in fact, prefer pulling ‘a drive by on a 12-year-old kid [Tamir Rice] and then going home to make a sandwich.”

Reminder: Tamir Rice was shot within seconds after police arrived as he played a little ways away from his Cleveland home. Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white supremacist who murdered nine innocent Black churchgoers during Bible study last July, was taken to Burger King after being captured. He is alive and waiting for trial.

Let that marinate.

Okay, as I stated earlier, I’m a pretty objective person. And while many of you may think I spent too much time analyzing Dash’s words, I figured I’d give it some more thought.

*sets timer*

I did, and I’ve concluded that this woman makes absolutely no sense to anyone but herself, FOX News, and some of the make-America-great again contingent.

Dash accused Williams of “attacking” white people. How? By calling out racists on their s***? Or maybe it was his unapologetic addressing of the vicious, oppressive cycle of systematic racism that permeates American and global society. If stating facts backed up by hundreds of years of history is an “attack,” then the whole world is in trouble.

The Clueless actress also accused Williams of operating from a “Black Lives Matter playbook.” Does she mean the one that calls for justice for people of color? You know, the “playbook” that was inevitably created by people who are fed up with being treated as less than human by those tasked with protecting them?

In her piece, Dash also highlights a part of Williams’ speech that she says he used to attack “those white people who would dare reach out and empathize with the Black ‘struggle’ or offer meaningless support to the Black community.”

“The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. That’s not our job, all right? Stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest– if you have no interest in equal rights for Black people, then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.”

I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty damn logical to me. You don’t speak on things that you aren’t knowledgeable about, and you do not seek comfort for a struggle that you do not suffer from. And if you do not care about something, then do not give input on it, because we’re #teamsolutions over here.

But for WHATEVER reason, Dash wasn’t rocking with Williams’ truth. Maybe it’s too factual for the bubble she lives in.

Stacey continued her rant by pointing out what she called some of Williams’ “worst criticisms for whites who have committed so-called cultural appropriation of Black culture and entertainment:”

“We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying Black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil, black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations, before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is, thought, just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.”

Stacey then brings up how Justin Timberlake was “attacked” for cultural appropriated Black music, among other things.

“Timberlake quickly apologized, saying he was ‘misunderstood’ and then did something even worse by saying, ‘we are all one… A human race.’ Justin, my dear, there is no ‘oneness’ when it comes to Black Lives Matter. They’ve planted the seed of segregation and no longer want to live in ‘perfect harmony,’ like the old song wished. And if Michael Jackson once sang, ‘It don’t matter if you’re black or white,’ well, it does now, at least from their perspective.”

About halfway through the piece I just had to stop because I realized that the “she’s making sense” moment would never come.

Stacey, I’ve got news for you. Race has always mattered in America, and it has long before the Black Lives Matter movement. In fact, because this isn’t obvious to you and those who share your sentiments, the movement is in response to the CONTINUED RACISM that Black Americans have faced. None of this is our fault. We didn’t ask to come over here, be separated from our families, have our women raped and our homes dismantled. We didn’t ask for mass incarceration to target Black men, and for police brutality and the prison industrial complex to rear their ugly heads on our communities.

And you know what, we didn’t ask for you to weigh in on a powerful moment in history that NEEDED to happen.

Darling, no matter how many times you tap dance for the white conservative pundits; no matter how much you smile and put down members of your race who are fighting for equality; no matter how many times you ignore the longstanding history between Blacks and whites; no matter how many times you use the word “they” to describe them, i.e. us, you will always be Black. You will always be viewed by racist white people as less than.

And the unfortunate reality is that it looks like you may never get it. Or is it just that you don’t want to?