Nessa Girl, I just got through watching this sit down interview that Raven Symone just did with Oprah, and girl I must say that I am a little concerned for little Olivia (Raven’s character on the Cosby show). Raven Symone, someone who is probably so far removed from “the Black experience” in American due to her early starts in Hollywood ignorantly expressed to Oprah
“I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how back they go. I don’t know how far back, and I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from. I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American, and that’s a colorless person because we’re all people. I have lots of things running through my veins.”
Oprah who was damn near startled out of her chair tried to give this miseducated sister a chance to clean up the mess that she had just made, but in a true unaware fashion, Raven dug the hole even deeper
“I’m an American. I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair.”
Here’s the thing. I totally get Raven and I see where she was trying to go with this whole thing. However, this was a misguided attempt to try to be a part of a greater whole, that quite frankly Raven and those that look like her are not the gatekeepers of. Unfortunately, the term “American” generically translates to “White people”, “Caucasian people”, “Becky & Heather”. Have you ever hear a white person refer to themselves as a “White – American” or a “Caucasian-American”? No, and you never will. However, everyone of any other race must hyphenate and attach a prefix to “American” (i.e. “African-American”, “Asian-American”, “Latino- American”). What Raven needs to understand is that in an effort to denounce being labelled, she’s herself is still blindly categorizing and labeling herself. The issue, and one that I think Raven is totally unaware of, is that she is trying to be a part of a larger label that never intended to encompass her Black ass.
I caution Sister Raven to be a little careful with trying to disassociate with the one label of people, who are going to be the only label of people she’ll have to turn to, if some major sh!t hits the fan. No tea no shade, with the cocktail of cultures/races that she claims run through her veins, Raven most closely resembles the descendant of someone who was on a plantation during American Slavery. With that, “America” has and will continue to treat her as such. Unfortunately, Raven wants to be called “American”, but “America” is calling her “Black” or “African-American”. It perplexes me why people want to be a part of something that does not want them. Perhaps Raven’s early introduction to globs of money and high-powered Hollywood circles have her looking at the world out of rose tinted glasses. I’m here to hand her ass some some $20 clear lenses readers from Wal-Mart. Here Raven girl, look through these…
Something tells me Oprah has probably had a few conversations with Raven offline about this, then again, Oprah just discovered she was Black when her network started failing and she teamed up with Tyler Perry to save it. BLOOP!