I’m sure we’re all familiar with the term, “don’t forget where you come from” or my personal favorite, “you’ve made your bed so now you have to lay in it”. These terms are usually geared towards someone who has betrayed someone or a group of people by totally disregarding those who once supported them. Black people, as a race, has already tolerated more than enough from this country [United States], and one thing we refuse to do is sit back and watch one of our own join forces with our oppressors.
I know it may sound harsh but, there’s no coming back after that. It’s like leaving the one you love for the one you like, getting dumped, and having the nerve to come crawling back. It just doesn’t work like that. The black community has no problem disowning those who check the other side of the grass to see if it’s greener. You know, the ones who decide to use their platform to help benefit our oppressors’ and “forget” to take the time to use that same platform to benefit the Black community; the same community they usually rely on during their rise to fame and fortune.
We all remember Stacey Dash right? The beautiful actress that we all loved during her ‘Clueless’ days on ABC. Well, Dash began to rub the Black community the wrong after becoming a news contributor for Fox News. Dash began to use her platform to express her questionable opinions towards black politicians, media connoisseurs, and even legendary celebrities. Stacey Dash took to twitter during the 2012 presidential election to endorse Mitt Romney, who happened to be a Republican candidate who ran against The United States first African-American President, Barack Obama. She decided to justify her reasoning by using the words of Dr. Martin Luther King “I chose him not by the color of his skin, but the content of his character.” The irony.
Shortly after, Dash publicly shamed Oprah Winfrey after the media mogul compared the 2012 slaying of Trayvon Martin to the 1955 killing of Emmett Till. “Shame on you @oprah,” Dash tweeted, before quoting activist Malcolm X. “If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” This quote contradicted her in so many ways by the way. I mean if anything, Winfrey was bringing awareness to the public about how little has changed since racial segregation but we’ll let Dash have it. I totally see why Oprah would compare the events, they both were racially motivated and weren’t brought to justice in the court of law. But, Stacey Dash appeared to disagree with Oprah and the rest of black community. Zora Neale Hurston has a famous quote that reads “all my skin folk ain’t my kinfolk.” In a nutshell, this means everyone who may have black skin doesn’t automatically mean that the person will represent the community or have the best interest of its people at heart. Stacey Dash obviously wants to check to see if the grass is greener on the other side and I for one have no issue handing her the binoculars and telling her goodbye!
Tina Campbell and Chrisette Michelle recently suffered huge blows to their, already struggling careers, after catching major heat from the Black community for supporting our 45th President, Donald Trump. Of course, they released public statements trying to explain and justify their reasoning but the Black community wasn’t here for it. It’s quite obvious that our 45th President isn’t the perfect gentleman nor is he fond of people foreign to this nation; so eyebrows raised when we saw two of our own closely associated with him, his campaign, and even supported a few of his beliefs.
Tina Campbell assured us that she didn’t agree with all of his campaign tactics and expressed that religion was the reason for her ‘political betrayal’. She stated that though I do not agree with all of his policies, “I stand firm on biblical standards that lead me to forgive and support him.” But before you decide to give Campbell the side eye, just remember that she has chosen to stand with him, and pray for him; because, as a follower of Jesus Christ and a firm believer in the Holy Bible, she has been commanded to do so. Fair enough, right? Wrong! Fans of the gospel singer have completely disowned her and decided to show their disapproval of her decision by not buying tickets to her latest tour. Ticket sales were so low, that Campbell had to postpone her tour saying “We don’t have the support we need.” I guess she has Trump to thank for that.
Campbell wasn’t alone though, Chrisette Michele and Omarosa Manigault were also publicly shamed for their decisions to support Trump. Chrisette Michele took the president up on his offer and sung at the Inaugural Ceremony this January. Michele made it clear that she didn’t sing for the love of money but to represent the Democratic Party and the minority community? Here’s her reason for singing, “I said, ‘we have to be seen, somebody’s got to see us.’ The Democrats aren’t even coming, I’ve got to be one, and I’ve got to be there.” I’m not sure if I understand her reasoning for being there and neither did her fans. Fans wasted no time in disowning the singer. Chrisette was even dropped from her label and suffered a miscarriage shortly after the Inauguration. According to the singer, the miscarriage was more so the result of extreme stress from being dropped from her label and disowned from her fans. She later expressed her regret for her decision to perform at the Inauguration, but, it was just too late. The Black congregation has deactivated Michele’s Black card. Maybe, she’ll redeem herself in the near future. We shall see.
If you thought that there couldn’t be another Black woman crazy enough to do what these three other women did, Meet Omarosa Manigault. Manigault, former Communications Director for the Office of Liaison, was, reportedly, ‘physically dragged’ from the White House Tuesday, December 12, 2017, for reasons that remain unknown. Something Omarosa would later deny. White House officials state she was bothered by the president’s highly controversial and racially charged reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and decided to part ways. Others say she was fired. Whoever’s accusation was true; I only have one question for Omarosa, why were you ever apart of Trump’s administration to begin with? Here are just a few reasons why someone wouldn’t support Donald Trump. Trump has displayed his lack of respect for women, his lack of concern for the crisis in Puerto Rico, following Hurricane Maria, and his disturbing need to cease immigrants from entering this country. And if that’s not enough to keep you from supporting him, he has also been accused of a number of scandals during his campaign for the presidency.
After ‘resigning’ from The White House last week, political commentators like Angela Rye wasted no time chucking the deuces to Omarosa stating that she never represented the Black community, and exclaiming “We don’t own you like Zora.”
The community has definitely left these three women out in the cold and didn’t even bother to ask them if they needed a coat. And I for one don’t blame them.
What are your thoughts, are we too quick to disown public figures of color who we believe fail to represent the Black community accurately and advocate on our behave?
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Jalyn Johnson is a recent graduate of the University of South Alabama, where she studied Broadcast Journalism with a minor in English and fell in love with writing and creating stories. She aspires to host her own television show one day and plans to write a novel about her struggles in life.
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