Stacey Dash got it exactly right when she said we need to abolish BET and Black History Month. And her critics got it dead wrong. When liberals talk to blacks, it's endless pandering. It's still separate but (not) equal, just like the days of segregation - as Dash pointed out.
"There is no better example of the Democrat Party's retail racism than their successful effort to segregate blacks from whites in nearly every aspect of society. Black History Month, black spokespeople, black media, and black studies departments are just a few of the ways Democrats work assiduously to put blacks back in the back of the bus - cut off from mainstream America," I reflected in my new book "Con Job."
Democrats think blacks need their own media outlets, historically black colleges and universities, awards shows, commemorative month and so forth. The list is endless. Before 1964, black colleges and black-owned publications like Jet were needed in a segregated America. Today, many black colleges and black-owned newspapers are great ideas gone wrong. Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were once the only places blacks could get a college education. Today, the schools are riddled with malfeasance and sub-par academic standards. And yet white Democrats extol these inferior schools for blacks though they would never want them for their children. It's Jim Crow all over again.
"Either we want to have segregation or integration," Dash said.
Before desegregation, black-owned newspapers were often the only way blacks could read about news affecting their lives, such as lynchings, murders of blacks and the Civil Rights movement. Today, what purpose is served by the proliferation of "for blacks only" outlets like Ebony, the Grio, NBC Black and The Root?
"Liberals really seem to be on mission to put blacks back in the back of the information bus. What's next? Will modern-day Democrats bring back separate drinking fountains, restrooms, lunch counters, and schools for blacks to help us stay culturally in tune?" I ask in "Con Job."
The segregation is so bad that Dash herself has ended up playing roles in black-only films and TV shows such as "Mo' Money," "Gang of Roses" and as a video girl in Rick Ross' "Super High" and MJG's "That Girl."
One episode of "The Game," a show Dash appeared in, aired on BET.
If whites had the nerve to create White Entertainment Television or White History Month, blacks and liberals "would be up in arms," just as Dash said. And she wasn't talking about KKK or white nationalist celebrations, as Washington Post reporter Janell Ross suggested.
Even a White History Month when people celebrate America's white heroes like we do black ones in Black History Month would be viewed as racist. Yet BET and black history month are perfectly OK. Black liberals expressed outrage at the Academy for failing to nominate a single black actor for an Oscar the second year in a row but laud the BET Awards for its black-only yearly awards. The hypocrisy.
We're all Americans. Black history month is another example of modern-day Jim Crow. It needs to be included in American history classes 365 days a year, not relegated to 28 days in February. Black History Month "has become nothing more than a commercialized excuse for companies and organizations to make money off white guilt and black marginalization," as I wrote in Con Job.
The roots of the month of blackness date back to 1926 when Carter G. Woodson founded Black History Week to encourage public schools to teach blacks' contribution to American history in history classes. Today it has become a month for organizations and businesses to "honor, celebrate and salute blacks," basically to prove they're not racist and shamelessly make money off of blacks.
In 2015, Nike celebrated Black History Month by selling "black sneakers" priced from $120 to $300. I wonder if Nike would celebrate White History Month by selling white sneakers?
Perhaps blacks who are outraged by Dash's comments should take a moment and think about what she said. Maybe blacks are the ones who are "clueless," being played as fools by the liberal double standard and conned back into segregation.
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Crystal Wright is the author of the newly published book "Con Job: How Democrats Gave Us Crime, Sanctuary Cities, Abortion Profiteering, and Racial Division" and editor and publisher of the blog Conservative Black Chick. As a black conservative woman living in Washington, D.C, some would say she is a triple minority: woman, black and a Republican living in a Democrat-dominated city. Wright is the principal owner of the Baker Wright Group, LLC , a full service public relations firm, specializing in communications counseling, media relations, message development, media training and crisis communications. Follow her on Twitter at @GOPBlackChick