Raven-Symoné has come under fire for comments she made on the popular daytime television talk show, The View.
During last week Thursday’s segment, the show’s hosts were discussing a new UCLA study that showed a tendency among white people to discriminate against people with “stereotypically black names.” In response to the study Symoné, a black woman herself, agreed with the findings.
“I am very discriminatory against words like the ones they were saying in those names,” she laughed. “I’m not going to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not going to happen.”
Symoné added that the racial bias towards people with “black” names was not racist but “discriminatory.”
This isn’t the first time the actress has found herself in hot water over public comments she’s made. Before being given a permanent spot on The View, earlier this year as a guest host Symoné publicly defended the Univision host who compared Michelle Obama to an ape.
“Michelle, don’t fire me from this right now, but some people look like animals,” she said. “I look like a bird- so can I be mad if somebody calls me Toucan Sam?”
Symoné has also been criticized for refusing to identify as black. In a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, she said she was “tired” of labels and saw herself as an American and not African-American.
I’m convinced there is something very, very wrong with Raven-Symoné- but her ignorance isn’t the biggest issue. Rather, it’s her refusal to accept herself, her people and her culture, that I find most concerning.
I don’t know when it happened, but at some point adorable little Olivia from The Cosby Show grew up and changed. She forgot her roots, her humble beginnings and the very people who gave her a pedestal on which to stand. The young woman who once spoke out against racial discrimination on her own TV series That’s So Raven has now become too good for rest of us “black folk.”
Suddenly, the unnecessary acute accent in Symoné’s own name has become better than the apostrophe seen in many other black names.
African-American women like Raven-Symoné (yes, African-American) are problematic as they indirectly make it okay for others to mistreat us. Symoné’s latest comments manage to justify the racist views of others that all too often keep black people from achieving social acceptance and equality.
If we can’t find acceptance among our own people, how can we find it within other racial groups?
While Symoné has made some cringe-worthy comments over the last few years, this is definitely the last straw. Her insistence on throwing stones from her own glass house has put a bitter taste in my mouth for the final time.
What were your thoughts on Raven’s comments?