By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
Stacey Dash is one of the most hated women by black people in America and the rest of the world too if I am permitted to say.
And I agree that in the past, the Clueless star has made some comments that have made her sound like a Coon. However, some of her comments yesterday regarding the lack of diversity in the Oscars were hundred percent valid.
A while back, one of my good friends Segun said to me that he thinks Black people are one of the biggest Racists in the world. And after I gave him my world famous side eye (you can call me eyes princess), I ordered him to explain himself.
One of the reasons he gave was the BET and other platforms Black people created to solely celebrate themselves or mostly celebrate themselves.
Now, while I am not speaking for Stacey Dash, I will like to point out the obvious in what she said yesterday.
We have to make up our minds, either we want to have segregation or integration.
Over the past week, since the Oscar nominations were announced, there have been outrage from the black community as to why the Oscars at this point in time seemingly prefers to celebrate Caucasians. And while I agreed, even did an article about that (you can read it here) I think like Stacey Dash said, we should make up our minds.
If there were to be a White Entertainment Television, I am certain we would shout, bring down the planet and create hashtags to pull it down. We would call it racist, yet we do not want to be seen as racist.
While there might be arguments that BET and the NAACP came to be simply because Black people were not duly recognized by major platforms and awards, I ask, is there still a need to have those platforms solely/mostly for the black community? If we are screaming blue murder at the Oscars for the lack of color in nominations, then why can we not see that we also need to either diversify our own award shows or simply let them go?
So what if Sam Smith once won for best new artiste, has the name of the awards or the purpose for which it was originally created changed? Isn’t he, as a Caucasian, part of a minority at the BET awards? Isn’t what we do by giving a few white Artistes recognition the same as what we’re accusing the Academy of doing?
And even though I strongly disagree with cancelling black history month (every race/people/country’s history should be celebrated), I ask, should we not make BET more integrated so that we are not as guilty as the Academy of motion pictures, arts and sciences?
Maybe for once, Stacey Dash isn’t so clueless.
Watch her thoughts on BET and her response to Jada Pinkett Smith on Oscar diversity below