Back in 2004, Chappelle’s Show dropped the hilarious sketch that featured the racial draft. Since that now-legendary moment that found the Wu-Tang Clan being selected by the Asian delegation premiered, jokes about who would be traded to what race have popped up on social media when something involving race happens.
Don Lemon has been traded numerous times while others such as Rachel Dolezal have had their spotlight in the fictional draft room.
As we enter 2016, it appears that the first major trade that could and should take place would be sending Stacey Dash packing to the white delegation in favor of Macklemore. The very week that Dash nonsensically suggested the abolishing of Black History Month and BET (the latter isn’t entirely a bad idea…jokes) is the same week that Macklemore drops a nine-minute song on the problem with white privilege in America that takes a thinly veiled jab at Iggy Azealea and dropped this valuable gem:
White supremacy isn’t just a white dude in Idaho
White supremacy protects the privilege I hold
White supremacy is the soil, the foundation, the cement and the flag that flies outside of my home
White supremacy is our country’s lineage, designed for us to be indifferent
My success is the product of the same system that let off Darren Wilson guilty
We want to dress like, walk like, talk like, dance like, yet we just stand by
We take all we want from black culture, but will we show up for black lives?
This is certainly a case where African-Americans should proudly ship Dash away in favor of someone who respects the culture without trying to be African-American. Dash, on the other hand, is trying to run away from her skin color despite benefiting from it because she’s sub par at everything she does except the looks department. But more on that later…
Obviously, this is all to be taken in jest but the fact of the matter is that Dash has done more to damage her standing in the Black community than LeBron James when he gutted Cleveland with his decision back in 2010. But that was just a sports team, this is an entire community and there’s no turning back unless Dash somehow becomes the main character in Sam Greenlee’s The Spook Who Sat By The Door.
The juxtaposition between Stacey Dash and Macklemore is jarring and also indicative of the current climate of our society. When you have Black folks complaining that things are “too Black” and white people willing to stand in the line of fire for the cause, you have situations when the racial draft would be welcome if it were real.
Dash is a fascinating case because she’s a product of a society that allows people without any credentials to sit in lofty positions. You know, like a reality star “actress” who somehow has more opportunities to make a living than a hard working actor or an Instagram model with “booking information” who wouldn’t know the first thing about a catwalk.
Before she landed on FOX News, who gave a damn what Stacey Dash though? Whether she knows it or not, she’s there for reaction and nothing more. Nobody takes her serious. But we struggle to ignore her ignorance because it’s just so damn ridiculous. You would expect someone with white privilege to suggest that Black History Month is unnecessary. But Dash is an adult who should know better.
After BET fired back at her on Instagram, Dash called herself delivering a scathing response to BET by saying the following
Thank you for reminding me, since most people have never heard of that show.
Why? It’s on BET.
Quick. Name the top shows on BET.
Drawing a blank?
I think I’ve made my point.
No, Ms. Dash. You did not make a point. Because, if you recall, when The Game returned to television after being cancelled by The CW in 2009, it drew a record breaking 7.7 million viewers. Even though BET gutted the soul from the show, people still watched. And, guess what? You were on that season that aired on BET. Now you want to act like it didn’t exist even though it was pulling in very high ratings?
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