*Words as we all know, are powerful. It’s supposed to be that way for obvious reasons.
Raven-Symoné, 28, got tongues wagging and jaws dropping when she told Oprah that she’s “tired of being labeled,” and more specifically she does not wish to be categorized as “an African-American.”
“I’m tired of being labeled,” Symoné said. “I’m an American. I’m not an African-American. I’m an American.”
Realizing how it sounded, Symoné then clarified her comment saying:
“What I really mean by that is I’m an American. That’s what I really mean. I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian. I connect with Asian. I connect with Black. I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture.”
Sorry Raven, fail!
You see, the damage was already done. Ms. Symoné got serious blowback from the public and decided to issue a statement to theGrio to address the criticism and make it understood that at the end of the day she knows she’s still “”black” in America.
“I never said I wasn’t black… I want to make that very clear. I said, I am not African-American. I never expected my personal beliefs and comments to spark such emotion in people. I think it is only positive when we can openly discuss race and being labeled in America.”
Now that’s so Raven!