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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Stacey Dash supports Mitt Romney, gets racial backlash on Twitter: Not all blacks must be Democrats

Crystal Wright is an occasional contributor to The Root DC and is the editor of the political site “Conservative Black Chick.”.
Actress Stacey Dash got slammed on Twitter for supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (Evan Vucci - Associated Press)

Before she endorsed Republican candidate Mitt Romney for president, actress Stacey Dash forgot to read the “black memo” that states all blacks must vote Democrat — or else!

“Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future. @mittromney @teamromney #mittromney #VOTE #voteromney”

When she tweeted that comment with a patriotic photo of herself clad in a red bathing suit, Dash uncorked racist rage from Obama supporters:

“RACIAL DRAFT: I LIKE TO REQUEST A TRADE TO SEND STACEY DASH TO THE CAUCASIANS TO ACQUIRE BILL CLINTON TO THE BLACKS,” wrote one person on Twitter.

Another tweeted: “We’ve been letting you slide for years! It's OVER.”

Both comments suggested Dash wasn’t “really” black because she had the audacity to vote for Romney. Still, another tweeted, “Stacey Dash had a perm since birth. . .I knew I couldn’t trust her.. Lol .”

The implication is that Dash, who has straight hair, “thinks she’s white” and therefore can’t be trusted to be a true black, as evidenced by her Republican nature.

When a black person steps out of the black Democrat box that liberals have assigned them to and most blacks have accepted, personal attacks ensue. “Sell-out,” “Oreo,” or “You think you’re white,” are just a few examples of the name-calling they must endure. I’ve never laid eyes on this “black memo” that warns blacks they must vote Democrat, but like Dash I have received a heap of hate mail mostly from other blacks questioning my authentic blackness because I choose to be a  Republican.

Engaging in this gutter level name-calling aimed at black conservatives makes other blacks look ignorant, particularly of their history. A friend told me it’s not worth writing about the history of blacks and the Republican Party because that’s old news. I disagree.

Many blacks need to remember that after the Civil War, it was the Republican party that won passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, and Republicans were instrumental in getting the Civil Rights Act passed. Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington were both Republicans.

During Reconstruction, thanks to the help of Republicans, many blacks were elected to office. Sen. Hiram Revels (R-Miss.), Rep. Benjamin S. Turner (R-Ala.), Rep. Robert DeLarge (R-SC), Josiah Walls (R-Fla.), Jefferson Long (R-Ga.), Joseph Rainey (R-SC) and Robert B. Elliott (R-SC) were some of the first blacks elected to Congress in the late 1800s. Until the 1960s, many blacks voted Republican.

A woman tweeted Dash would regret voting for Romney because she “thinks Mitt Romney won't cut off them unemployment checks she's receiving. Wrong again ma'am.” The notions implied here — that blacks want welfare checks, and welfare policies have benefited blacks — are ridiculous.

The breakdown of the black family is the root cause of blacks’ economic slide downward, something Romney wants to fix by encouraging marriage. In 1964, about 23 percent of black babies were born out of wedlock; today, as cited by The New York Times, it’s 73 percent. According to The Wall Street Journal, fifty-five percent of all federal prisoners are black. Half of murder victims are black, and of those 85 percent are black males. These are grim statistics for a race that represents only about 13 percent of the population.

President Obama isn’t serving up a great black agenda to address the problems keeping black Americans from advancing up the economic ladder. In fact, Obama’s policies have disproportionately harmed blacks. The black jobless rate at 13.4 percent is almost twice the national average of 7.8 percent.

After being barraged by what can only be described as a rain of insults and ignorance, Dash tweeted, “My humble opinion... EVERYONE is entitled to one.” Yes, all Americans, even black people, are entitled to different political opinions. Maybe if more blacks start examining Obama’s record, they would realize they, too, have a choice.

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By Crystal Wright  |  01:45 PM ET, 10/09/2012

 
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