By Imani Brammer
Raven-Symone’s recent chat with Oprah upset the masses. Although she can appreciate the public’s opinions, she will not recant her own. In fact, Raven-Symone is grateful that her comments have sparked a critical conversation about race in America. However, Raven’s strong convictions do not deny her of feelings. She took to Facebook Saturday to let everyone know that she is feeling bullied. She made it clear that critical conversations do not have to involve harassment and cyber attacking.
“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,” she said. “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.” Raven also relayed that she perceives Generation Y to have quite a complacent nature when it comes to critical issues that affect us.
“Our generation tends to stay comfortable, at times, with issues and topics that need to be addressed,” she said. Conversations about race in America are usually met with awkward avoidance, distraction and a detrimental—but well meant “color blindness,” so it is imperative to openly discuss race politics without remorse. However, what is not productive is the battering of another human being because of their opinion. Using the sad face emoticon, Raven informed her followers that she is being cursed at and that we, as a community need to “have a floor of respect, kindness [and] open-mindedness. Showing your disagreement with my personal comments by using language you were not allowed to use as a child is just ☹.”
By now, we all understand that Raven’s comments have caused a stir. Negative commentary however is not synonymous to constructive criticism and disagreement does not mean slander. Spewing hateful remarks adds nothing to the conversation. Regardless of perspective, lets discuss events, opinions and news in a respectfully manner. After all, not only are our elders reading and chiming in so, is the youth. “My momma reads this, and so do others,” Raven said.