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

- By Bossip Staff

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

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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