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Raven Symone Addresses Critics Over Controversial Comments

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Previously on an episode of Oprah's "Where Are They Now" actor/singer Raven Symone was her guest. During the interview Symone made a controversial comment that sent social media to the roof. 

Symone said she doen's like to be labled as an African American. She said she is an American.

"I'm tired of being labeled. I'm an American. I'm not an African-American. I'm an American," Symone told Oprah.

Later on Symone explained what she saying she's an American. She said what she meant was that due to her dark skin and grade of hair she connects with all races.

"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 explained.

The critics feel Symone was excluding the fact that she is black but she made it clear that that's not what she was saying. 

"I never said I wasn't black. I want to make that very clear. I said I am not African-American," Symone said.

She went on to say she didn't expect her personal beliefs to spark such emotion in people. 

"I think it is only positive when we can openly discuss race and being labeled in America," she added.

Raven Symone isn't the only celebrity who has said they don't consider themselves African American. Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. also said he's an American and not African American. Unless you are President Barack Obama or someone Halle Berry no African American should be calling themselves no American. It doesn't matter what city you are from you still have ancestors who come from some where! This is what you call ignorance amongst those who should know better!
Tamara M. Anderson
@mstekeyla





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