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Written by Rashid S. Umar
As the run for the 2012 White House heats up, one celebrity endorsement on Twitter has been a hot topic on throughout the internet.
Actress Stacey Dash recently tweeted her endorsement for Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney, and was later met by strong opposition from some would-be President Barack Obama supporters.
Dash’s endorsement of Romney, which was accompanied by a patriotic swimsuit picture of herself, set off a firestorm of racial attacks that would hit its peak on Monday. The actress, who is a native of The Bronz, New York, is of African-American and Mexican decent.
‘Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future,’ she tweeted on Sunday, posting a steamy photo of herself dressed in a sexy red top in front of an American flag.
The actress’s tweet as become the subject of online attacks such as:
“You’re an unemployed black woman endorsing Mitt Romney. You’re voting against yourself thrice. You poor beautiful idiot,” one Twitter user wrote, while @Black Voice wrote, “Stacey Dash had a perm since birth. I knew I couldn’t trust her.. lol.”
Others accused the actress of “voting for white supremacy,” claiming she “is white with a dark tan,” and calling Dash a slew of offensive names.
There were also some who referred t0 Dash, who is 46-years-old, as an “old hag” and that she “kill herself.”
Dash has since responded by tweeting, “My humble opinion… EVERYONE is entitled to one.”
Support for Dash has sprung up with users accompanying tweets with the hashtag #ISupportStacyDash.
Now, in my humble opinion, Dash is certainly entitled to hers — we all are. For years, I have been a critical of those who are disrespectful and rude to one’s opinion because it’s not prevailing to the masses or a group. Whether its political opinion, religion, or even sports, everyone is entitled to their beliefs.
On November 6, I will cast my vote for Barack Obama, I just hope that I’m not criticized for doing so in a Democratic society.