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Ellen Pompeo Questions the Need for the NAACP Awards (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 12th 2011 9:00PM
Ellen Pompeo could probably answer questions about 'Grey's Anatomy' in her sleep. But the conversation was a bit more tricky Thursday on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) when the topic turned to race; more specifically, mixed-race relationships and the relevance of the NAACP Awards. Pompeo's husband, producer Chris Ivery, is black.

Sherri Shepherd mentioned an article by singer-songwriter-poet-actress Jill Scott in which she said that "her spirit winces" sometimes when she sees a successful black man out with a white woman (she worries about the backlash). Pompeo said she feels no such backlash, personally, but added that Scott was an intelligent woman entitled to her feelings. Pompeo went on to say that she and her husband agree that the NAACP Awards were once necessary, but not anymore.

"I do think that the separation doesn't get us any closer to anything" she said, making sure to mention that she didn't want to offend anyone.

Pompeo mentioned black colleges as well, which Shepherd said are still needed. Pompeo agreed, but said she felt "we need to get to a place where we don't."

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Truly, I believe that Pompeo's comments were NOT malicious; however, her comments were not merely naive or ignorant. There is a CONTEXT and a HISTORY to all things. We have HBCUs because we(blacks) weren't allowed to attend white colleges and universities. Even today, HBCUs educate the vast majority of black college educated men and women. So we don't need them any longer? Why, because the white colleges admit us now? Do we shut down, trash, or otherwise turn our back on OUR history, and OUR institutions that have served as a true lifeline to our people and community so well...for so long? The NAACP has a distinguished history, steeped in fighting discrimination in every segment of society--education, politics, economics, etc. If you let Pompeo tell the story HBCUs and the NAACP seek to separate people. I submit there is NO organization in the history of this great nation which done more--or as much--to eradicate discrimination and segregation in its myriad forms. Indeed, if one First examines the history and the context--i.e., before COMMENTING--it is clear such assertions/beliefs are not merely uninformed or uneducated, but MISinformed and MISeducated.

May 13 2011 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My daughter-in-law is white. My son is black. They have one mixed race child. The family is perfect as it is. My son and his wife are very much in love even after 22 years of marriage. I refuse to watch The View because Sheri seems to think that she has the right to be the spokesperson for my race. Her input is aways tainted with her racist views. It is time to move on. Live and let live in all relationships.

May 13 2011 at 2:49 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

Ellen, I couldn't agree with you more!!!! Since God created us all equal, there's no need for "affermative action, NAACP, or Black Miss America!!!!. We have a black president and first lady, and I think this race and racist thing have long outlived it's usefullness. We have outstanding black actors and actresses, outstanding black atletes in every sport, and many black Heads of State and in our Goverment and all over the World. Let's try and live in peace and try and elect people on their merits and talent, and stop this color barrier! After all, do we have a WHITE ONLY Miss America? I think not!

May 13 2011 at 2:42 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to kayvmayo's comment

While I agree with you most of what you said, we don't call the Miss America pageants the White Miss America because it was always understood that only white women would compete and win. There was a time when women of color were not allowed to compete in pageants. The major networks are often anchored by whites, owned by whites and the television shows feature predominantly white characters. No need to cal it white abc, or white nbc, because again it was always understood that these were for white people only. There was a time when black actors were not allowed to attend the Academy Awards. When the black actress who played the maid in Gone with the Wind was nominated she was not allowed to attend. Even today there are some company heads that say they will die before they let a black person run their company. Look at the birthers and the crazy Donald Trump situation: despite Presdient Obama placing his short form birth certificate online when he was a candidate, they still claimed he was not born here. Was the "others". Now when he produces his long form birth certificate they claim it is a forgery. Donald Trump referred to his black friends as "the blacks" and you wonder why we still need award shows that nominate and recognize the achivements of non-whites. The Color Purple was one of the best films ever made and not one actor received a nomination. But yet I see crap like Mighty Aprodite win awards. So while the Oscars may nominate a black person every now and then it's every now and then. I have yet to see an asian or hispanic receive and win an award from the Oscars. So it's not just about black people getting recognition it's about all people receiving recognition.

May 13 2011 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

NAACP=National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. So what color do you have to be??

May 13 2011 at 2:28 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

Jill Scott's concern is toward that certain Black man who sees White beauty as the ideal beauty and ignores a Black woman. That implies that he was sort of brainwashed by tv, movies , etc. to seeing a White woman as beautiful and a Black woman as not. That is the essence of Jill Scott's concern about that. As far as the NAACP and Black colleges are concerned we need those pro-Black organizations that will educate African Americans about their history and origin and all that it entails. You can't dismiss the NAACP nor any Black college or organization that can educate African American's about their true origin and their history in regards to this country. Ellen Pompeo is speaking naively.

May 13 2011 at 2:26 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply

Alicia Thompson is living on another planet if she thinks that blacks are not assimilated into awards in the entertainment community. In fact it seems that all are created equally no matter what race or orientation. The past 5 years have proven this fact. It is totally out of line to say a "token" anything. Please keep in mind, Alicia, that you have to factor in population totals, too.

May 13 2011 at 2:14 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

If there were organizations such as: White social workers, white nurses, white priests, nuns, etc, white people in this country would be crucified. But, we tolerate, without exeception, organizations such as Black Entertainment TV, Ebony Awards, NAACP Awards, Black Social Workers, Nuns, Priests, Engineers, ad nauseum. Befuddles me....Can't have integrated segregation....

May 13 2011 at 2:12 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to shamrock54's comment

Perhaps we should start our own NAACP - National Association for the Advancement of Caucasion People

May 13 2011 at 2:40 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

Shamrock54 When white people are oppressed and discrimnated against in a systematic and enduring way like Blacks and Native Americans, then you can have an all White instituions to try to right the wrongs of centuries of oppression. Whites have had all white institutions forever and not because it was warranted but because they were hateful people who discriminated against all others and still do. I want you to walk into any ghetto U.S.A. and then tell me about equality.

May 13 2011 at 2:41 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply

nothing worse than a closet bigot >>> and that is , most people !!!!!!!!!!!! preference is not racism... lincoln was the worst human being to ever be born <<< fact .... brown isnt black>>> tjvonb

May 13 2011 at 1:58 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply

I wonder if Alicia Thompson would agree with this:
I hate when a black guy (Obama) tells white people what to do with the money they make.

May 13 2011 at 1:54 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
Alicia Thompson

I hate when white women think they can tell blacks what they need or don't need, just because their married to a black man.

May 13 2011 at 1:42 PM Report abuse -12 rate up rate down Reply

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