Last night on OWN’s Where Are They Now?, Raven Symone sat down with Oprah and made a comment that is stirring up a lot of controversy on social media.
When pressed by Oprah about others thinking of her as a gay person first and foremost, Symone turned the focus to race as well. “I want to be labeled a human who loves humans,” she said. “I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American, I’m not an African-American. I’m an American.”
You can tell from Oprah’s reaction that she knows how people are going to react to that one, and if this small sampling from Twitter this morning is any indication, people are not happy with Symone:
I think it's interesting that both Pharrell and Raven-Symone chose @Oprah to declare their independence from blackness. #NewNegro— Joshua L. (@theuppitynegro) October 6, 2014
so according to raven symone..not being aware of which country in Africa your ancestors are from means your are not an african american. lol— Judy Chicago (@KallMeJane) October 6, 2014
And then Raven Symone's saying she doesn't know where her roots lead back to. That's not a good excuse. You're rich, aren't you?— Angela. (@Soldier4BlkMen) October 6, 2014
It will be interesting to see if/how Symone chooses to follow up on her comments later today. If she says anything, we’ll be sure to let you know.
[via Fab Femme]