Why Stacey, Why?!?
Why are you so fixated on denouncing people of color who are witnesses to, and, or are victims of the injustice of our majoritative socio-political and socio-economic systems?
Why do you define the awareness and the quest for justice and equality from these systems as either ghetto or stereotypical then deem it as white hate or black racism?
How is it that you don’t feel the empathy and the disgust of the blatant indifference in police brutality and its recklessness towards Rekia Boyd, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner and Darrien Hunt as a continued affront to the Black diaspora?
Why are you so quick to be dismissive of Jesse William’s thought provoking and impassioned plea as a “chip on the shoulder” rhetoric that is self-inflictive rather than simply a sense of awareness and proaction for a disenfranchised community of communities?
We are A Community Entangled Among Many
Stacey, in your retort at Jesse Williams’s speech that he gave after receiving the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award, you state “that chip on the shoulders of people like you will weigh you down and keep you from flying free. But true freedom is never free. You have to know how to fly. If anyone is making you feel this way it’s you. Living in a psychological prison of your own making.”
I considered and weighed your logic and found that there is a distorted perception buoyed by a sense (or shred in this case) of elitism that generally most Black republicans have fashioned under the social construct. It suggests that under the cloak of conservatism there can be found a sense of pride that uplifts the Black community through the enactment of conservative political tools and principles.
The percentage of Black republicans stands roughly at less than 5% according to a University of California Berkley survey, and including those that are republican leaning, Blacks are less than 11 percent according to the Pew Research Center. While these Black conservatives do feel underrepresented they also find that their counterparts within the republican party base are not so interested in working with them to tailor a conservative brand or messaging particularly for Blacks. Like Stacey Dash, and ESPN columnist or analyst Stephen A. Jackson, they tend to stand out like a sore thumb when they do present their views, and oftentimes those views are seen as being misunderstood when in fact they are simply misplaced. A particular view for instance is affirmative action which they find undermine black success, when it actually enables the underrepresented to being more emblematic of the constitution they believe in, live under and defend. Nonetheless, because the resentful among us see this as a free rider problem it tends to feed into the colorblind Black republican notion and arguments that is suspiciously appealing to white voters.
Colorblindness is an ostensibly specious viewpoint of a sort of utopian concept, which leads to the belief or justification of a self-reliant and hard-working post-racial American –a mantra of the republican party’s oftentimes touted creed– however if you examine Republican Party policies this is simply a fallacy, as there is no such thing as a discrete group or person whose success soley rest upon the ideology of some imagined individualist spirit. The idea of being conveniently colorblind is actually a willfull blindness to characteristics that are uniquely human and are representative of typical mélanges of humanity. It is more so an underappreciation of that diversity, and rather a means for proselytzing a majoritative will or status quo.
What Ms. Dash and others apparently find in the sort of messaging by Jesse Williams is a perceived aberrant racial discourse to displace and slander whites for ancestoral grievances, I suppose. However it is more plausible that there is a huge undermining and disregard of Black culture with so-called colorblindness, and a corecion of cultural assimilation to what is being predefined as American, hence all the hyphenated American minorities that are subjected to these institutional forces. This is a form of second class citizenry that is being placated and typecasted by Dash and company.
Furthermore there is a great deal of socio-economic policies and isms that tend to negatively affect persons of color and promote an unleveled playing field whereby wealth supports establishment-type forms of classism. There is glaringly a bit of this seen in the corporate welfare and tax cuts for the rich that are embedded in those policies that doesn’t trickle down to the working class, or poorer classes. However what does rain down on this group is racial resentment, privilege and gross entitlement devloping into strong opposition and conflicting views against policy-making that are meant to bring about a more level playing field but dismissed as big government spending and overreach. Statistical outcomes of inequality are not what tends to be interpreted as a lack of will, and hard work derived from a difference of values that are unAmerican. The institution that republicans tend to defend and uphold are status quo which portends a nativist spirit, classism, and an anti-immigration stance.
This evidently results in a psychosis of self-conflict for persons of color who subscribe to the republican party’s conservative notions. It is on display here in Stacey Dash’s statements regarding the annoyances surrounding Black activism of any kind, namely the Black Lives Matter campaign. However campaigns like these do more to highlight the plight of minorities of all types and circumstances and is encouraging to those who can relate and appreciate a cause to right what many wrongs still remain.