Remember how Raven-Symoné did that interview with Oprah Winfrey where she said she didn’t want to be labeled as gay? Oh and don’t call her African-American because she’s American and that means she’s colorless? Of course you remember, it all happened earlier this week. What followed next were angry tweets, thought pieces and articles, and just general dismay by Black folks about Raven’s statements. Well now, Raven has responded to the backlash.
On Wednesday the former Disney Channel star released a statement to The Grio, that attempts to clear up her words:
“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.”
Raven, Raven, Raven. When Oprah gave you the opportunity to clear up your statements, you didn’t even act like you wanted to say you were Black because you said you were American which meant that you were colorless. You then went on to talk about how your skin was a little darker and you had an interesting grade of hair without any mention of your being Black or talk about your culture and heritage. Oprah gave you the chance to avoid twitter hate, but you went left. So, color me confused.
It seems that Raven is hoping her statement will slow down the flow of criticism and backlash, but I’m sure it will only lead to more questions from the masses. Buckle up, Raven.
Diana Veiga is a Spelman woman, a DC resident, and a freelance writer. Of course, she’s also on Twitter.