The Complexion Chronicles
By TaRessa Stovall @taressatalks
Just Say NO to Politricks! Can Someone Buy Stacey Dash a Clue?
On the last Monday of Black History Month, Stacey Dash—the actress best known for her role as a ditzy fashionista high schooler in the hit 1995 movie “Clueless”—announced a run for Congress. Does she have a shot? To quote the “Clueless” star Cher’s (Alicia Silverstone) classic Valley Girl diss: “As if!”
How’d Stacey get into politricks anyway? The Multi-racial (Bajan, African American and Mexican) conservative flip-flopped from voting for President Barack Obama in 2008 to going all out for Mitt Romney in 2012.
This led to a gig as a conservative commentator on FOX News, where the former BET music video vixen distinguished herself by calling for an end to BET, Black History Month and African American-focused award shows, saying they encouraged segregation. She called the 2016 #OscarsSoWhite boycott “ludicrous,” and opined that women should “buck up” and work harder instead of whining about the gender pay gap.
Here are the top 5 reasons that the former actress, whose campaign slogan is “Dash to DC,” should stop the foolishness and have a non-Congressional seat:
5. She’s running to represent California’s 44th district, a longtime Democratic stronghold that includes Compton, Watts, San Pedro and North Long Beach, whose residents voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, 83% to 12%. These people are not here for her forked-tongue foolishness.
4. Stacey, whose memoir is titled There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative, has built her political brand by parroting the rightest of right-wing conservative rhetoric against People of Color, women, trans people and immigrants. Does she really think that the White right sees her as exceptional and won’t throw her under all the buses at the first opportunity?
3. The 51-year-old mother of two has yet to demonstrate the capacity for substantive political analysis or useful insights. Remember when she said that President Obama “didn’t give a shit about terrorism” after his 2015 address about Islamic terrorism? The last thing we need is another political figure dropping word turds on Twitter.
2. A staunch anti-feminist, she claims said that “we’re chipping away at what it is to be a woman and to be feminine. And what it is to be a man and be masculine … I wish we could go back to Mad Men days. I love those days. Men were men.” Get thee away from us, Stepford Stacey!
1. With Trump in the White House, a Congress that already seems determined to roll back as much political and social progress as possible, and the rapid spread and rise of blatantly White Supremacist groups around the country, the LAST thing we need is another self-hating Person of Color working against those who look like her. Aren’t Clarence Thomas and Ben Carson enough?
In these politically precarious times, there is no place for a polarizing ex-star so desperate to be relevant that she pooh-poohs racism as “an excuse” for our nation’s inequities. Maybe she thinks this run for office is some kind of reality show competition. Perhaps she’s a political trickster hoping to MAGA by aligning with what she sees as the winning team. This could all be an audition for a role as Someone to be Taken Seriously. Or a desperate move for a woman whose most memorable performance was as a sidekick to shuck-and-jive her way to center stage and build a legacy for herself at any cost.
As Cassandra Kazcocha, a Mixed-race woman, said about Stacey Dash’s potential Congressional run, “I don’t like one single thing about her political stances. I find them to be unjust and ignorant to the damage done by centuries of oppression and White Supremacy. However, I don’t like the whole thing we sometimes do in uninviting people to the BBQ or taking away Black cards. I think we are adding to the idea of Blackness as a monolithic set of values, culture, behaviors and ideals. Not all people of African ancestry are the same and I appreciate that she is an example of that. I just wish her example wasn’t so injurious to the rest of us fighting to good fight for justice.”
Another Mixed-race California politician highlights all of the reasons that Stacey’s announcement is impossible to take seriously. Senator Kamala Harris seems to be preparing for a run at the White House in 2020, though she has not made an announcement. As The Hill reported:
The former California attorney general, who is just at the beginning of her second year in the Senate, is taking positions that could endear herself with the Democratic base while allowing her to stand out from a group of Democrats who might seek the progressive mantle.
Harris voted against a Senate immigration bill backed by centrists from both parties earlier this month, waiting until the last minute to break with other liberals such as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who both backed the measure.
“While this bill would put Dreamers on a pathway toward citizenship, the appropriation of $25 billion for a border wall is a waste of taxpayer money,” she said. “A wall will not secure our border and I remain concerned those billions of dollars may also be used to implement this Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda — one that targets California and its residents.”
Harris has also sought to highlight her positions on gun control while carving out an identity as a hard-core critic of the National Rifle Association … “We cannot tolerate a society and live in a country with any level of pride when our babies are being slaughtered,” she said in a video that quickly went viral.
“She’s looking to be a champion of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party,” said Jack Pitney, a professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College in California, saying that Harris “has a chance at getting a lot of support.”
So there you have it! Maybe if Stacey Dash plays her cards right, she’d have a shot at portraying Kamala Harris onscreen. Meanwhile, we need her to get a clue and leave the real politics to folks who can potentially move America forward instead of back to the middle of the last century.