She Explains Why She Identifies As Black, But Not As African American
*Raven-Symoné joined AM to DM by BuzzFeed News to discuss her view on race and ethnicity and to clarify some of the controversial comments she made on “The View.”
Controversial comments on “The View”:
“What I learned from The View is everybody has a different way of thinking. Everybody has an opinion. My mama said, ‘It’s like bootyholes. Everybody’s got one.’ So here’s the deal, things that I said, they call me the living room conservation girl. I probably should have worded it differently. But I have to say this — I learned what I’m good at and I learned what I’m not good at. I learned my lesson. I moved forward. And when I’m asked a question on a sensitive matter, I try not to go right to racism. I try not to go to the pain and suffering. I’m trying to live in my now and that can be difficult…I’m so used to living in the ‘how am I going to change the now?’ It was a challenging moment in my career.”
Views on race and ethnicity:
“I didn’t say I wasn’t black. I’m black. My passport says American. Trust me, I know I’m black. There’s just a difference. There are many African-Americans, especially in 2018, that come over from Africa…that’s how I look at that title. There are a lot of black Americans here who have been here longer than the Americans that are a different color.”
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