Despite Stacey Dash’s support, I’m pretty sure Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (who she gushed about on Piers Morgan) and Mitt Romney (who she publicly endorsed on Twitter) have never seen an episode of Single Ladies. Nonetheless, with an acting career that’s sliding down the drain, do I think Dash is milking this whole “Black Republican” thing? Absolutely. In fact, I view her rebirth into conservative Republicanism the same way I view Miley Cyrus’ risqué twerk-filled antics: A cry for attention and a ruse to stay relevant.
After she endorsed Romney, Dash’s Twitter follower count went up by 30,000. Her name has been splashed all over social media and she’s getting calls for interviews on CNN, Fox News, and ABC. She realized that being a conservative Black woman was profitable. And now with a new book coming, Not Black Enough, it’s time to drum up a little publicity with some Obama-bashing on Fox.
Twitter has been vocal in its backlash against Dash’s various conservative comments. On Piers Morgan, she responded: “I really don’t understand the fury.”
I will be happy to explain why so many people, including myself, think her “Black Republican” stint is bizarre. First, she’s technically unemployed, part of a group of people often overlooked by the GOP. As we speak, conservative Republicans are throwing a toddler’s tantrum over Obamacare and the debt ceiling at the expense of 800,000 furloughed federal workers.
Second, she’s African American. This isn’t to say that there are no African American Republicans. But there have been many recent cases in which Republicans have painted African Americans as “lazy criminals” and have otherwise supported policies and programs that negatively impact the black community. The GOP fails to acknowledge that even African Americans with advantages are at a disadvantage: A multitude of studies have shown that housing, business loan, and job discrimination are still disproportionately affecting Blacks.
And lastly Dash is a woman; a thrice-divorced woman at that. She split from Emmanuel Xuereb because he was allegedly “physically violent.” Last year, there was a Republican-endorsed bill that didn’t recognize domestic violence as grounds for divorce. Republican Wisconsin Rep. Don Pridemore said, “Instead of leaving an abusive situation, women should try to remember the things they love about their husbands.” And after a plague of chauvinistic comments from the GOP, how could anyone believe they have a woman’s best interests at heart?
And from what I understand, she’s a single mother of two children. The aforementioned bill also labelled single motherhood as “child abuse.”
African Americans are not a monolithic group and I don’t think all Blacks should be Democrats. In my opinion, it’s just a matter of where you’re positioned in life and which party would provide you the best opportunities. A Black CEO of a Fortune 500 company might benefit more from voting Republican. A middle-class African-American college student, on the other hand, might be better off on the left.
That being said, I’m definitely side-eying Stacey Dash as a vocal GOP affiliate. And the fact that she advertised Not Black Enough on FOX News’ Hannity convinced me that she’s exploiting her so-called “conservatism” for a career boost more so than for a true political agenda.