Raven-Symone Addresses Critics In Open Letter: “Personal Attacking Is Not Needed”
A few weeks ago, Raven-Symone left many with raised eyebrows after she expressed that she does not identify with labels. As a result of her dislike for labels she claimed that she does not consider herself gay or African-American. Unsurprisingly, her comments triggered quite a bit of criticism. She later released a statement to the The Grio to clarify her comments, saying:
“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.”
Apparently, that statement wasn’t enough because the attacks on the former child star continued. So much so, that she decided to address the public in an open letter asking folks to stop the hate.
“I don’t take offense to those that are mad at my personal opinion of myself. Like before, I’m glad there are conversations happening. Our generation tends to stay comfortable ,at times, with issues and topics that need to be addressed.
QUESTION: If we are taught not to repeat history by learning it. Why do we continue to repeat? We must not be learning it correctly.
What does irritate me is the bullying tone towards myself and other opinions in the blog. Keep your disrespectful, mean, hurtful, words in a diary for yourself. Personal attacking is not needed, and no matter what race, nationality, culture, or womb you came out of; strive for respect. Strive to be virtuous, so the conversation can lead to great things, other things.
Our ancestors of all races had the courage to stand up for what they believed in no matter what the fight. Back then I hope the motto wasn’t…”the more haters the better”
We have reached a standstill in our progression as Humans. Let’s have a floor of RESPECT, KINDNESS, OPENMINDED-nESS. Showing your disagreement with my personal comments by using language you were not allowed to use as a child is just.
My momma reads this, and so do others. #bully.”