Actress Raven Symone Defends Anchor Rodner Figueroa By Stating The Jokes Rodner Told Were Not Raciest
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Stating The Jokes Rodner Told Were Not Raciest
The 29-year-old appeared as a guest host on the syndicated talk show “The View,” where she stated that Figueroa’s comments were much ado about nothing.
“Is that rude? I look like a bird … so can I be mad at somebody that calls me Toucan Sam?” Symoné joked.
In contrast to Symoné, fellow co-host Rosie Perez was fired up when it came to voicing her opinion regarding Figueroa’s blatant racism.
“That’s like saying, ‘I’m not a racist, I have black friends,’ ” Perez said.
“A lot of Latin people recognize the fact that we do have African blood in us. A lot of them do not want to recognize that fact, and that’s where this stems from.
There is a secret in the Latin community, specifically the Caribbean, South American, Central American, Latin community, that they are very racist — they never want to be in the same group as black people.
And it’s sad. It’s very, very sad. And he did say Michelle Obama looks like a cast member of the Planet of the Apes.”
“I don’t want to be labeled ‘gay.’ I want to be labeled a human who loves human.
I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American! I’m not an African-American. I’m an American,” Raven said.
“I will say this: I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how far back they go. I can’t go on … you know … I don’t know how far back and I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from. But I do know that my roots are in Louisiana.
I’m an American. And that’s a colorless person — because we are all people. I have lots of things running through my veins,” she added.
Later, Symoné issued a response to explain her controversial African American comment saying, “I never said I wasn’t Black.”