By Paula Davis
Actress Stacey Dash has caused quite a stir after her comments on Fox News’ Jan. 20
“If we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the
BET Awards and the [NAACP] Image Awards where you’re only awarded if you’re
black,” said Dash in the interview during the discussion of this year’s Oscar
nomination list and its lack of color.
She also mentioned that the U.S. should do away with Black History Month, stating
that not having a “White History Month” is a “double standard.” Within hours, Dash
and her comments became a trending topic. The actress received major backlash
from millions, including BET.
The network took to social media and posted a picture of Dash on Twitter and
Instagram in an episode of its series “The Game” captioned, “Soooooo
@realstaceyldash, can we get our check back…or nah? #Remember
Along with BET, Dash faced criticism from a host of talk shows, including Wendy
Williams’, “The Wendy Williams Show.” After showing the video clip of Dash’s
comments, Williams posed a question to her audience. “Clap if you agree with her.”
Everyone was silent.
In an attempt to clarify her point, Dash published a blog post that further explained
her ideas. On Jan. 28, days before the start of Black History Month, her post read,
“Our accomplishments cannot be limited to 28 days. I am sick of settling for
Throughout the post, she urges black people to recognize that black history should
be taught year-round, and not to box themselves in by thinking otherwise. With her
blog, Dash made the direction of her words on the Fox News segment clearer.
Unfortunately for her, the clarification came a few days too late. Now that Black
History Month has started, people on social media are making sure that Dash knows
exactly what month is being celebrated.
Maybe next time the “Clueless” star will think twice about delaying an explanation.