Two weeks after casting her vote for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, actress Stacey Dash says her vote was not against President Obama.
In a 1344-word essay sent to TMZ today, the 46-year-old actress voices her frustrations at this year's presidential campaign and responds to the public backlash against her decision to choose the Republican ticket.
“People get it wrong, “ she writes. “That's not how full participants in the democratic process operate. We vote for candidates, and we vote for issues.”
Dash adds that her public endorsement of Romney may have come from a naive place, "thinking that I could speak my voice without being criticized in such racially-charged and hateful tones."
Although she admits to voting for President Obama in the 2008 election, she says, "Like most Americans I was insulted with the idea that Obama was only elected because he was Black, that people of color wanted one of there own, regardless of what sort of leader he would make." She continued, "The same idiots make the argument that White guilt is why so many Americans voted Obama into office in the first place. That rhetoric is what helps divide this great nation."
Dash called the commander-in-chief a great husband and father, but said she chose the Republican ticket because of Romney's bipartisan success and his promise to create a strong economy. She concludes that she is "hopeful that President Obama will lead us to becoming the great Untied States of America that thrives."