According to news reports, the former head of Fox News has a pretty hefty lawsuit coming his way from a few of his former employees. Though Stacey Dash may not be one of the 7 women who is coming after Roger Ailes, he said some pretty inflammatory things.
Sexual harassment and stereotyping people are always bad (and included in the lawsuit), but we are kind of hung up on Ailes calling Stacey Dash, “The black girl.”
Realistically, he is correct. Stacey Dash is indeed black and she does identify as a woman on the gender spectrum. The problem really isn’t Ailes’ words, but the context. And as we all learned in school, context is key.
The reality of an older, conservative white male calling an adult person of color “boy” or “girl,” hearkens back to a part of our history that wasn’t so long ago. Supremacists from slavery to as recent as the 1990s have called black women and men, boys and girls as a way to demean them. They were often working for white individuals who called them this, and it was never done in an endearing manner. Quite often, it was done as a way to compare black intellect to that of a child.
So, you can see why people are picking up on this, but it’s sometimes hard to feel bad for people like Dash. She’s gone out of her way to dismiss and criticize people of color, women, and a lot of the groups we stand for. Despite her bad behavior, we’re still disappointed. Disappointed that in a day and age where someone like Dash can rake in money for a network, that people still feel the need to demean and make her less than she is.
We’re bummed for you, Stacey. But maybe, don’t harp on other people next time? Karma is the realest.