Raven-Symoné is fast becoming an exhausting merry-go-round. The actress and “View” co-host will inevitably spew something inflammatory about race, receive the back lash, and ultimately issue something vaguely resembling an apology. It’s happened so often that I like to refer to it as the wash, rinse and Raven.
But after her latest on-air gaffe, in which the former “Cheetah Girls” star claimed that she would never hire someone with a “black”-sounding name, I think it’s high time that we really take a beat to figure out why Raven-Symoné hates us so much.
The actress isn’t the first black celeb to say something publicly that perpetuates white-supremacist ideas about black people. She is part of what has been referred to as the “New Black” class of black elite celebrities: people like Pharrell Williams, Don Lemon, and SZA who have publicly embraced color-blindness, rejected labels of blackness, or perpetuated racist ideas about black people.
On Sunday (Oct. 11) Raven issued a statement via Facebook clarifying her comments about discrimination and not copping to a sort-of apology, ultimately blaming a hack on some of her offensive comments.
My comments about discrimination have spun out of control.
I’d like to begin by saying that I was not attacking a specific race, but repeating a name that was said in a viral video which has received over 2 million likes.
I have been denied many jobs because of my skin color, body size, and age. Each time I was rejected, my self esteem was negatively effected, so i empathize with those who feel victimized by what I said. We would hope that when it comes to hiring, our names, physical appearance, sexual orientation, and age would never outweigh our qualifications, but often times, they do, thats the truth and it sucks. But I should not be part of the problem, I should be part of the solution.
As an equal opportunity employer, I have never discriminated against a name….even though I said I would, it’s not true. My comment was in poor taste. My lack of empathy towards name discrimination was uncalled for. I would also like to say that on Friday my account was hacked, those are not my words.
What Symoné’s statement reveals is that, while on a certain level she realizes what she said said was wrong, she isn’t exactly sorry about it. She claims her comment was not racially charged, admits she herself has been discriminated against, then assures us that she has never discriminated against potential employees in the past – all while telling us that her word really means nothing. The statement is so “blah” that I’m actually forced to question how much is actual contrition and how much is strictly damage control.
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