The Dash to judgment
Armstrong Williams | 10/22/2012, 2:15 p.m.
When people profit off of bad news, they won't tell you about good news.
Here's the good news: We are seeing a new generation of American Blacks who are better educated, more successful, more pro-business and, therefore, drawn to policy positions vastly different from those of their parents and grandparents.
The bad news: The stereotype remains that Blacks are incapable of seeing beyond the decades-old cultural mandate that says if you support GOP candidate Mitt Romney--as in the case of Stacey Dash--you are a sellout or traitor to your race.
It was encouraging to see Russell Simmons, a staunch Obama supporter, come to the defense of Dash and take the so-called Black "community" to task for their blatant racism and hate speech.
Monolithic stereotypes do not give Blacks credit for being able to augment their political views to fit changing social dynamics and differentiate, without the prism of race, what is in their best interest. They imply that Blacks are more prone to emotional, rather than intellectual, decisions.
Dash is an individual. She cannot be reduced to where she was born, what she looks like or any other fact about her. She makes her own decisions. And that's a good thing!
If Dash should support her own people--as suggested by many outrageous comments from the ignorant class--then why can't we make the argument that whites should support their own to look out for their best interests as well? It suggests that many Blacks are followers, incapable of taking control over their own fate, blind in recognizing their own embarrassing and unapologetic new, acceptable racism. Shattering these stereotypes is not an easy task, especially when organizations purporting to act in the best interest of Black America have turned these stereotypes into a small cottage industry.
Are a vast number of Blacks more prone to react to, rather than contemplate, the issues that have the greatest impact on their lives? Are many Blacks expressing the ugly new racism in America that many media outlets are uncomfortable in taking them to task and holding them accountable for this hate speech and dark racism? They will if we keep telling them they have to! Shattering stereotypes among many Blacks and liberals in this nation is essential to achieving social equality.
What kind of role models do we want for young people? Do we want them to aspire to a herd mentality, to going with the flow? Or do we want them to think for themselves, to ask questions? How much of the ugliness of history--the brutality, the cruelty, the racism and discrimination that have been inflicted on us--has come precisely from this mindset? Take, for example, Sen. Robert Byrd: He joined the KKK not because he was racist, but because of the political connections of doing so. He joined because so many other people had joined! The herd mentality leads us only down the path of destruction.
Those who vote on skin color just want to know one thing: What does the candidate look like? But the intelligent voter wants to know about the issues. I'm certainly not saying that all Black Democrats and liberals are mindless; I'm just saying that if Blacks wish to vote for the president, they should do it for defensible reasons based upon facts about the important issues.