For Discussion: Are The NAACP Awards And Other Celebrations Of African-American Talent Still Necessary??

Ellen Pompeo on The View NAACP Awards HBCU Still Needed

Yesterday, actress Ellen Pompeo brought up an interesting point on “The View.”

Ellen Pompeo Chris Ivery and their daughter Stella

During a conversation about the reaction Black women have when they see a black man, like Ellen’s husband Chris Ivery, with a white woman, the actress spoke up about what some could call self-imposed segregation.

“And I don’t mean to misstep or offend anyone,” she said, “but I don’t think that the separation gets us any closer. There once was a time, we needed NAACP Awards… And I’m not trying to devalue those at all. It’s not my experience. But I do feel like we have to have a “People Awards.” Black colleges, White colleges… I know [we still need them], but we need to get to a place where we don’t.”

Now, take a second to get over the fact that a “swirl-ing white woman” made that statement: does Ellen Pompeo make a good point?

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