Fox’s Stacey Dash: BET ‘Lies To Black People,’ Promotes Segregation

Actress and Fox News contributor Stacey Dash does not understand why Black Entertainment Television exists.

After knocking the network for only highlighting black stars during two on-air appearances on Wednesday, the actress published a blog post on Thursday charging that BET “promotes segregation.”

“BET lies to American black people by telling them that the rest of America is racist, so stick close to your own kind,” Dash wrote on Patheos, a website focused on religion. “Anything that promotes segregation is bad!”

The initial dispute began during Dash’s Wednesday visit to “Fox and Friends,” where she dismissed the uproar over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscars nominees.

“If we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards where you’re only awarded if you’re black,” she said. “If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”

She repeated the claim during an afternoon appearance on Fox’s “Outnumbered,” where she also called for the elimination of Black History Month.

BET playfully fired back, sharing a post on Instagram of Dash appearing in the show “The Game” that ran on their network and asking for their check back.

In her blog post, Dash retorted, “I look forward to the day when people don’t self-segregate based on skin color, while loudly complaining about a segregated society.”

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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