Dear Stacey Dash…My #TBT…To You…On a Sunday…

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Recently Stacey Dash did a memoir plug er’ I mean online interview with People. In this interview she speaks about different topics. One of which is feminism. In regards to being a feminist she said,” I don’t have to dress like a man or try to beat a man or try and get a man’s job to be a feminist.” She then goes on to say that women are, “chipping away at what it is to be a woman and to be feminine, and what it is to be a man and be masculine.” However, she clearly did not research the meaning of feminism before speaking on it. The word feminist means, “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” In what way is that “chipping away at men” or suggesting we should “dress like a man?” After reading the transcribed interview, I realized that whenever Stacey Dash opens her mouth, she proves herself to be less and less credible and without knowledge or fact. I feel like once again, just like in the case of BET-Gate, Ms. Dash has proven that she talks without the benefit of researching her subject and therefore is an interview in contradictions. Ahhhh BET-Gate remember that? Well in light of her interview roughly 10 days ago, her BET shenanigans came back up again, so I decided to post a letter that I wrote to Ms. Dash when BET-Gate first happened. I had initially struggled with whether or not I would post my open letter to Ms. Dash since it was based mainly around her comments about the BET awards and Black History Month, and we are now in June. Then I decided, it’s never NOT the right time to learn about my history, black history. So here it is…my open letter to Stacey Dash…

Dear Stacey Dash,

With you currently serving in the position of a Fox news correspondent who also provides cultural analysis and commentary, I am sure you understand the necessity of research given the fact that in order to provide an accurate analysis, one must first perform a “detailed examination of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion or interpretation”.  However, given your recent sit down with Steve Doocy on Fox & Friends, it seems that although you had a surplus of cultural commentary, you were deficient when it came to your cultural analysis. You stated in your sit down that, “We have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration, and if we don’t want segregation, then we have to get rid of channels like BET, and the BET awards and the Image Awards, where you’re only rewarded if you are black.”  If in fact you had done your research Ms. Dash, you would have known that Sam Smith (who is NOT of the African American persuasion and is in fact a white male), was nominated and won a BET award in 2015 and was also awarded an NAACP Image award in the outstanding duo, group or collaboration category. There were other whites who have been nominated for BET and Image awards before him, and I am sure there will be others after him. But for the sake of brevity, I shall leave that research up to you, the cultural analysis commentator. I due wonder if Mr. Smith, again a white male, stands in solidarity with you on the issues you have with BET and the Image awards? I bet it is safe to say that Mr. Smith and his “black awards” are sleeping peacefully at night while dreaming up his speech for the next “black” awards season.

And to add buffoonery to the moronic, you posted a blog titled: “How BET lies to black people”, because the network publicly called you out for being a part of a BET sitcom titled “The Game” and asked if they could “get their checks back”, which by the way, we are still waiting for your answer or a copy of a check from BET confirming you did in fact return the money from a show which in your words, “no one ever heard of.” You then wrote that “you were grateful for your all of your acting jobs but you don’t like the fact that BET will self-segregate while simultaneously talking about the injustice of a segregated society.” Ms. Dash, again, had you been as diligent in research as you are in maintaining your habit of inaccurate verbosity whenever a camera or keyboard is nearby, you would know that Robert L. Johnson, the African American man who took the monumental step of launching BET, did so by acquiring a $15,000 loan from a bank and getting a $500,000 investment from John Malone, a white male who was the president and CEO of Telecommunications Inc., who expressed that he, “had an interest in seeing minority cable happen because he had a station in Louisville that had a large black population.” Fast forward to the year 2000 when BET was sold to Viacom, a company controlled by the privately owned theater company National Amusements, which is owned by Billionaire Sumner Redstone, a white male.  Now maybe I am being “Clueless”, but it seems to me, Ms. Dash that BET has actually been “integrated” from it’s very inception.

And now, the Piece De Resistance of this letter that I do hope fills you up in your empty spaces… In a tone and words reminiscent of your first major film character, Dionne, you stated that, “There shouldn’t be a Black History Month. You know? We’re Americans. Period. That’s it.” And to further solidify your position as a pawn being used by Fox to allow them to get away with spewing racist thinking because this racist hate is coming FROM a black woman, you blindly allow Steve Doocy to lead you to say exactly what FOX thinks. Mr. Doocy asks you, “if you meant there shouldn’t be a Black History month because there isn’t a white history month”, to which you say, “Exactly. Exactly.” When I saw this, I first thought to myself, she can’t be serious.” Then I thought, “Sadly, you probably were serious. And I actually felt sad for you. Sad for the Stacy Dash that is confident in speaking about the history of a people she clearly knows nothing about, even though her mirror shows her black history every day. So Ms. Dash, let me provide you with a few “Black History” facts.

*The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”. The primary focus of this week was to place an “emphasis on encouraging the coordinated teaching of the history of American blacks in the nation’s public schools.” This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both of which dates Black Communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century. Mr. Woodson was of the belief that, “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”

*In 1969 it was proposed by a group of students at Kent State University to expand black history week to Black History Month, the first of which took place at Kent State one year later, February, 1970.

*In 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial the informal expansion from Black History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the United States government. White Republican President Gerald Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

I hope this brief scroll through my black history, your black history, our black history inspires you to acknowledge and appreciate that the path you traveled to Hollywood, to the spotlight, was built on the backs of your ancestors. The platform you are standing on and using to diminish the meaning and importance of black history is being held up by your ancestors whose hands are cracked and bleeding from the whips that ripped into their flesh along with being worn down by the harsh sun they were forced to work in all day.

Ms. Dash, I close with this question to you: Do you even know who you really are and do you have your own voice? Or have you become a political Millie Vanilli that has been strategically placed front and center stage and although we see your lips are moving to give the appearance that these are your real live beliefs, are you actually just lip synching to views that were already prerecorded in a racist history?




32 thoughts on “Dear Stacey Dash…My #TBT…To You…On a Sunday…

  1. Trina says:

    Wow Taria! Well put, this gave me insight and educated me on some things as well. Keep up the excellent work, this was awesome knowledge

  2. Drea says:

    Excellently stated T! I couldn’t agree with you more! Nice research on the facts, regarding Black History month! Education is key and knowledge is power! Love u

  3. JoJo says:

    👏👏👏👏👏This is me saying kudos to you on clapping back. Ms. Dash clearly does not speak for our community and does not appear to know much about it. I truly enjoyed your views and commentary as well and you took the words right out of my mouth….except yours are much nicer.

    • Taria Shondell says:

      😂😂😂😂 Hi JoJo! Thank you so much! And thank you for reading! I’m like really?!!! You truly believe what you are saying as THE truth? And I try to be as nice as I can… 😬😬😬

  4. Thirty30Courtney says:

    I had to simply write Stacey off. I feel some sort of way about watching Clueless now but since that’s my movie, I’ll forgive myself. She is just…interesting.

    Courtney |

  5. Dana Revells says:

    EXCELLENT POST. A person who has no true identity and doesn’t know where they came from will forever be a lost soul and easily manipulated. It’s easier to appease the masses than to fight for your own and when someone else does your thinking for you, your intellectual abilities diminish. “Who will cry for the little girl”….Who is so lost, she looks in the mirror and can no longer see her own reflection because the breath of hatred that she breathes creates a fog too heavy to see through. She will come to the realization some day, but I pray these BLACK backs that she’s whipped “trying to be white” hasn’t bled out from disappointment and shade of her. Again great post my sista

    • Taria Shondell says:

      Hey Dana!!!! Wow! Wow! Wow! “The breath of hatred she breathes creates a a fog of hatred”…. Love that!!!! You said that! Yes , she needs to wake up!!!! Thank you for reading!

  6. heidi williams says:

    sigh Fox News. I really hate that Feminism has become a dirty word. A woman should never feel like she has to explain her right to stand up for her rights. Where did the dressing like a man come in lol Gloria Steinem doesn’t dress like a man, just saying.

    • Taria Shondell says:

      Hi Heidi! Thank you for reading! And you are so Right! I was really confused when she said she didn’t need to “dress like a man”. It’s like… Who said you did?!?! Lol

    • Taria Shondell says:

      Hi Julie! Thank you so much and thank you for reading!
      I don’t know if you have ever seen the movie Clueless? I think that was her first major role. I could be wrong. If she had of just done her research…. Lol I believe any time someone is given a platform, it should be used responsibly.

  7. lastchance3 says:

    To this day, I have no idea how she ended up becoming a news correspondent. I think of all the people who go through college, pursuing journalism, and wonder…how did they get passed up?

  8. reinventingjess says:

    Stacey Dash is THE WORST!!! This is a wonderful letter and I only wish it would have some impact on her buffoonery.

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