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Raven-Symoné: I’m Sorry For Name Shaming Black Folks



Raven-Symoné is backing away from name shaming comments she made on Friday’s episode of The View. During the program, the former Cosby star says she would never hire someone with a “Black” name, such as “Watermelondrea.”

Those comments landed her in hot water with a lot of folks who claimed her being a self-hating, ignorant hack among other things. Raven heard the complains loud and clear and took to her Facebook account to apologize for her remarks:

“My comments about discrimination have spun out of control.

I’d like to begin by saying that I was not attacking a specific race, but repeating a name that was said in a viral video which has received over 2 million likes.

I have been denied many jobs because of my skin color, body size, and age. Each time I was rejected, my self esteem was negatively effected, so i empathize with those who feel victimized by what I said. We would hope that when it comes to hiring, our names, physical appearance, sexual orientation, and age would never outweigh our qualifications, but often times, they do, thats the truth and it sucks. But I should not be part of the problem, I should be part of the solution.

As an equal opportunity employer, I have never discriminated against a name….even though I said I would, it’s not true. My comment was in poor taste. My lack of empathy towards name discrimination was uncalled for. I would also like to say that on Friday my account was hacked, those are not my words.”

Do you accept Raven’s apology?

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