We are seeing a new generation of American blacks who are better-educated, more successful, more pro-business and, therefore, drawn to policy positions vastly different from those of their parents and grandparents.

And yet the stereotype remains that blacks are incapable of seeing beyond the decades-old cultural mandate that says vote Democrat or if you support GOP candidate Mitt Romney (as in the case of Stacey Dash) you are a sellout or traitor to your race.

It was encouraging to see Russell Simmons, a staunch Obama supporter, come to the defense of Ms. Dash and take the so-called black community to task for their blatant racism and hate speech.

These monolithic stereotypes do not give blacks credit for being able to augment their political views to fit changing social dynamics and differentiate, without the prism of race, what is in their best interest. They imply that blacks are more prone to emotional, rather than intellectual, decisions.

If Stacey Dash should support her own, as suggested by many outrageous comments from the ignorant class, then why can't we make the argument that whites should support their own to look out for their best interest as well? And it suggests that many blacks are followers, incapable of taking control over their own fate, blind in recognizing their own embarrassing and unapologetic new racism. Shattering these stereotypes is not an easy task, especially when organizations purporting to act in the best interest of black America have turned these stereotypes into a small cottage industry.

Are a vast number of blacks more prone to react, rather than contemplate the issues that have the greatest impact on their lives? Are many blacks expressing the ugly new racism in America that many media outlets are uncomfortable in taking them to task and holding them accountable for this hate speech and dark racism?

Shattering stereotypes among many blacks and liberals in this nation is essential to achieving social equality.