*With her controversial political views on race and President Barack Obama, Stacey Dash has gotten on a lot of people’s bad side. Especially her family, which no longer speaks to her.

Chatting with The Edit, Dash admitted she and her relatives are not communicating. Among those family members is Stacey’s cousin Dame Dash, who she looked up to back in the day as a role model.

“My family and I have not spoken. My cousin Damon and my brother [Darien, CEO of DME Interactive Holdings] were role models to me because they were great capitalists. Now we’re not really talking because they were the ones who told me to keep my mouth shut. They felt that I should do certain things because I’m black,” said Dash, who also admitted that her views have alienated her from “certain friends.”

“Certain friends don’t speak to me any more either. But you know what? In the street I get [approached by] so many people of every color saying: ‘Thank you so much for standing up and being so brave.’ I thought it was time to have a black president and that it would unite us in such a profound way. But as a country, I don’t think we’ve been so divided since the Civil Rights Movement. I mean, isn’t it extraordinary that we are even discussing race in 2014?”

In addition to family drama, Dash discussed her rough upbringing and how fans come to her defense against critics on social media.

“I had to be tough to survive. I come from nothing, so other people’s opinions don’t scare me,” the self-described black conservative said. “When I get hateful tweets, I just re-tweet them and then my fans pile in and attack the haters while I sit back.”