Tuesday, October 7, 2014

"New Black" and That whole Raven-Symone thing

     A few months ago, Pharrell Williams made a statement while interviewing with Oprah and stated that he is "New Black". Claiming that Black is a mentality, and I guess so is oppression. Of course twitter or "Black Twitter" went crazy.
     You may have noticed a string of rants on the internet in the past couple of days involving Raven-Symone. Well She made a few problematic statements in an interview with Oprah. Well here's what she said:


     Raven seems to be saying one of the most hypocritical, post-racial, silly but common statements you hear now-a-days; that she is colorblind when it comes to race. What she really said was that she is "Colorless" which is pretty much the same thing and just as silly. Saying that we are all people and should be treated equal is beautiful but ignoring what separates us and pretending that there are no visible differences between certain people is not. What she is saying is that she does not see the difference between her and let's say, Jennifer Lawrence. YET society still does and Blacks are still discriminated against. So, in not acknowledging our differences she is also not acknowledging prejudice and racism in America.
     She is almost saying that she does not notice nor care about Police Brutality against Blacks, or Poverty, Non-Equal opportunity employers, Discrimination in Schools and work places, and pretty much racial inequality across the nation. She claims she does not know where her roots trace back to and does not care for labels, which is very much respectable BUT she is certainly not "colorless".
     She also does not want to be labeled based on her sexual orientation. But it just sounds like she doesn't identify with anything, which is strange. People who are Black and people who are "Queer" (or both) are being killed everyday because of who they are but pretty miss Raven-Symone is privileged enough to walk down whatever street she wants to walk down and hold hands with whoever she wants to hold hands with safely. Privilege allows blindness.
     While having this discussion with my family, my father asked "well what if a poor, or working class person makes this statement". My response was that they wouldn't, because if you are underprivileged, you are not allowed to be colorblind, you see exactly what separates you from others, you live it everyday.

We all describe things differently but Raven sounded really silly. Just really, really ignorant.

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