The case of Stacey Dash and white privilege
“We have to make up our minds,either we want to have segregation or integration. And if we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET [Black Entertainment Television] and the BET Awards and the Image Awards where you’re only awarded if you’re black.
If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard
No, I don’t think so, no. Just like there shouldn’t be a Black History Month. You know? We’re Americans. Period. That’s it.”
These were the comments of actress Stacey Dash on Fox news last week, since these comments social media has been ablaze with people in disagreement to Dash, but this doesn’t hide the fact that these comments are whispered by white people every year around February time, as Black history month is warming up and every time they flick past BET.
“How come black people can have black history month, BET and black magazines and we don’t have white history month or white magazines”
What people who say this fail to understand is every other month is white history month, every magazine is a white magazine and all the TV channels are white TV channels, with a label that states for everyone. If these media outlets and history lessons were for everyone, there would be no need for black history month and BET, both of these were set up because black people have been excluded. Stacey Dash made a brilliant point at the end of her rant, when she said we are all American, as if to say we’re all in this together, we’re all the same, go tell that to Trayvon or Sandra oh wait you can’t, or even better go tell that to all those AFRICAN- Americans who died in every war the US has ever had, yet never even get a mention when history class, which apparently is for everyone comes around.
As soon as I hear a white person make this statement it indicates to me, how steeped in white privilege they are. Let me explain, when you are steeped in white privilege you fail to notice the struggles of other races around you and think because you’re doing ok, everyone else is fine too, for instance films with all white cast, magazines only catering towards white people, or flesh colour plasters, entitled normal, when you’re steeped in white privilege you fail to notice because it doesn’t have to effect your day, you have a choice, whereas black people don’t.
That choice you have is YOUR white privilege, the fact that you don’t have to know about black people, black history or even know a black person is YOUR white privilege.
If you looked at the daily media you would think that white people are the only people who live on this planet, yet it always entitled ‘for everyone’ yes its for everyone as long as you’re white. How many times have you picked up a magazine which is supposedly for everyone and seen a black face on the cover? or an article that is about black hair.
Now this isn’t right, but it’s ok, white people love their own race, and their own history but the problem is when they have a problem with others loving their own race and their history, let’s be honest here, it was off the backs of blacks that America was built, why should they be excluded from the history books?
There wouldn’t be a black history month if black people were included in history, there wouldn’t be black magazines if black people were included in magazines and finally there wouldn’t be any need for BET if black people were included in mainstream media, there was obviously a need for it otherwise it wouldn’t have been so successful.
White people have two choices either involve black people and I’m not just talking about a token black, like Stacey Dash in the film Clueless, or shut up and let black people do their thing, or I’m going to start a magazine billed ‘for everyone’ and I’m going to have 99% of the content aimed specifically at black people. Problem solved.