T.I. Says Raven-Symoné Has An Incredible Point About Not Being Labeled African-American
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(AllHipHop News) Raven-Symoné caused a major public debate when the actress stated that she did not want to be labeled African-American. The comments received criticism from some in the Black community, and Raven had to later clarify she did not mean to imply that she was not Black.
One fellow celebrity is in agreement with the former TheCosby Show star. During an interview with Larry King Now, T.I. was asked about Raven-Symoné's statement, and the Atlanta rapper reinforced the belief that labels separate the population.
"I think she has an incredible point," said Tip. "We are all American. To separate us - I think we need to find more reasons to unify rather than to divide each other."
After suggesting that people should respect other's religions, ideologies, and cultures, T.I. was asked why doesn't he like the term "African-American."
"I didn't say I didn't like it. Words to me don't have much power unless you give them power," T.I. explained. "African-American is what I was taught to call myself. I consider myself African-American, Black, an American. They're all categories that we place ourselves in where we see comfort in words."
Watch T.I.'s interview below.