Disney Star Addresses "I'm Not African-American" Statement

Raven-Symoné responds to critics: ‘I never said I wasn’t black’

Check out Oprah's shocked reaction. 

Raven-Symoné, the 28-year-old former Disney star, made headlines over the weekend after telling Oprah that she’s “tried of being labeled”. Her specific remark that made Oprah do a double take was that does not wish to be categorized as “an African-American.”

“I’m tired of being labeled,” Symoné said. “I’m an American. I’m not an African-American. I’m an American.”

As predicted by Oprah, Twitter blew up over the comment with supporters and detractors.  

In an exclusive statement to theGrio.com, Symoné addresses the criticism she’s received since her interview. 

I never said I wasn’t black … I want to make that very clear.  I said, I am not African-American.  I never expected my personal beliefs and comments to spark such emotion in people.  I think it is only positive when we can openly discuss race and being labeled in America.”

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