Sunday night, a new Miss USA was chosen and she had a few eye opening comments for people to hear concerning feminism and health care.
Kara Mccullough, a 25 year old DC native, won the Miss USA pageant. This was the second year in a row that a black woman from DC was chosen. A momentous moment for black people/women and another true showing of black excellence, yes, but there was a deeper issue laid beneath the surface of this powerful occasion: she happened to make troubling comments on feminism saying that she didn’t want to call herself a feminist because she believed women and men were equal. However, this wasn’t the only issue. She also fumbled on health care claiming that it is a “privilege” deserving to those with jobs who work for it, and not a right for all people.
The issue with her feminism comment is that she seems to have fallen victim to believing the misconception that feminism is about women being better than men instead of the long time battle for equality of the sexes. I don’t think I need to state the dangers stemming from this harmful comment as the thousands of little black girls watch a black Miss USA walk across a stage and admit that she thinks female equality is harmful to the male ego. As for her comments on health care, many people have taken issue with it partly due to the fact that with this new presidential administration, American people will begin to see a lower number of citizens who can afford good health insurance due to the fight to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. It’s become a moral issue on, who deserves the right to good doctors and a healthy life? Nonetheless, the former Miss D.C. was crowned Miss USA and the event sparked two even deeper questions. The first being, can one be pro-black and still not support this black Miss USA?
The answer is yes. Being pro-black doesn’t equate to unwavering support of all black people in everything they do. Of course being pro black means wanting to see black people succeed in higher levels of leadership and representation, but not if it means that person would be likely to do more harm than good. Being pro-black does not mean being willfully ignorant to harm for the sake of black praise. Kara Mccullough, in her capacity as Miss USA, (and this may be a stretch) would possibly join the ranks of Ben Carson and Stacey Dash with her conservative remarks. But this new question is posed should she fall into this category: Do these people stand to benefit from taking on this role of an “Uncle Tom”? And if so, what do they stand to benefit from it?
When Ben Carson ran for presidency, he ran as a conservative candidate and while he didn’t win the republican candidacy, he did stand to benefit from his “shuckin’ and jivin’ for the white folks.” If we look at his career now, Ben Carson, the former Neurosurgeon, has been placed as the head of Urban Housing Development in the Trump Admin. A highly unqualified black man with no experience or real ties to the black community besides being black now looks over the housing developments that hold predominantly black families. Stacey Dash was cast back into the spotlight for making her conservative comments. Ms. Dash hadn’t been looked at since her cameo in a Kanye video but, all of a sudden, she’s been hired by FOX to agitate young viewers.
Who is to say they really believe half the things they talk about if it means they get a fat check just to say it? Even Mccullough took back her own statements just days after winning her new title. It makes one think, “what does it mean to gain the world, but lose your soul?”
Read more here: Kara Mccullough backtracks on health care comments