Raven-Symoné Pens Open Letter About Her Controversial Comments on Race

Raven-Symoné Pens Open Letter About Her Controversial Comments on Race

The actress responds to the outrage and bullying.

Published October 28, 2014

After raising eyebrows around the country with her recent comments about race and sexuality, Raven-Symoné is finally addressing the worst of the Internet backlash that has come her way. Speaking to Oprah Winfrey, the 28-year-old former child star said she was "tired of being labeled" as gay and added that she's "not African-American" but rather "just American."

Now, the actress is using her Facebook page to directly respond to her haters. "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."

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. 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."

Click here to read Raven's full comments.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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