African-American actress Stacey Dash is still receiving backlash for proposing what she believes can bring about integration on CNN just a few weeks ago. The forty-nine-year old Clueless co-star suggested that getting rid of Black History Month would advance our nation into a more integrating one; implying that there shouldn’t be anything celebratory for our people. Amidst tarnishing her image within the black community, Dash reveals to us that she has not taken the plight of our people into account when going on air to say such rubbish.
Those few sentences automatically created a social media uproar, many users calling for a “racial swap” – trading Stacey out for notable figures that have won the hearts of our people with their merits like Macklemore.
This matter is heavy with political content, something most kids would not get to speak on usually. But when asked to respond to Stacey’s arguments a group of adorable kids accurately expressed their own disbelief and confusion. The Because of Them We Can campaign highlights the responses of kids that are well aware of the importance and excellence of Black people saying: “Is that even legal?” and “We’re not cancelling anything!”
It’s warming to see the young children are aware of the importance of celebrating Black history. I often worry about what the kids will make our of wrong doings and misrepresentation plastered on social media but it is wonderful to see that they are in fact woke.
I genuinely smiled throughout the video thinking ‘Wow, maybe we’re not in bad shape.’ Their wisdom and insight as young Black children is enough to make me overlook the conditioned air-headed actress. It is disappointing to know that as a whole, we’ve embraced her during the highlights of her career, only for her to disappear and resurge as a Black woman fighting to be perceived as a Caucasian woman.