Raven-Symoné is tired of people talking about her crazy because of how she chooses to describe her ethnicity.
The “That’s So Raven” star had people collectively clutching their pearls and sucking their teeth when she told Oprah Winfrey that she doesn’t wish to be classified as African-American on a recent episode of “Where Are They Now.” Oprah immediately warned her about the dragging she was sure to receive from Black Twitter, but the damage had already been done.
Raven became the target of all kinds of hate and ridicule on social media in blogs all over the Web. Having had enough of everyone’s opinion, she wrote an open letter to all of her critics and held them accountable for their disrespectful tone.
“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,” Raven wrote in an open letter on Facebook over the weekend. “Our generation tends to stay comfortable, at times, with issues and topics that need to be addressed.”
She continued, “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.”
All that aside, the rainbow-haired actress would still prefer that people handle themselves with a little more maturity than they’ve shown. She pointed at past generations as an example to be followed.
“Our ancestors of all races had the courage to stand up for what they believed in no matter what the fight,” Raven wrote. “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 :(.”
Outside of her own family, Raven’s got at least one person in her corner as T.I. has said that he agrees with her views on race. While he classifies himself as an African-American, he sees Raven’s point.
“I think she has an incredible point,” Tip told Larry King. “We are all American. To separate us–I think we need to find more reasons to unify rather than to divide each other.”