Does Raven Symone actually want to be black? That issue was up for debate after she made an appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s show, “Where are they Now?” Symone, saying that she was tired of being labeled, came off as a spoiled, out-of-touch celebrity when she said that she wasn’t an African American.
Clarifying her words, the former star of “The Cosby Show” seems to be claiming that she didn’t actually say that she wasn’t black. However, the quote “I’m not an African-American. I’m an American” suggests that she was saying that she isn’t African American. But maybe in her mind, she sees “black” as being different from being African-American, which it can be….if you’re from Jamaica, Ghana or someplace other than the United States.
“I’m tired of being labeled,” Symoné said on the show. “I’m an American. I’m not an African-American. I’m an American.”
Oprah immediately let the young superstar know that she wasn’t going to get a favorable reaction for her words, but Symone stuck to her guns. She says that her family’s roots are in Louisiana, which seems to mean that she is African-American, whether she wants to be or not. But maybe there is additional clarification needed. She might need to go check her DNA to explain exactly what she means.
“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,” she said on the same show.
Here’s what Symone was REALLY trying to say:
“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.”
It’s hard to see where Symone is going with this. Maybe it’s best to just leave some comments in the past and move on with your life. The damage has been done, and it’s hard to come back from this one. Maybe when you’ve got millions of dollars in the bank, you don’t have to be black anymore, you can be whatever you want.