absolutely tell me if I’m wrong or if there’s something I’ve missed but this specific example doesn’t seem indicative of ignorance to me
if you thought the portion of Raven-Symoné’s interview with Oprah where she talks abt her identity was an example of internalised racism, self-hatred, or ignorance… I want you to ask yourself why you feel that way
and even if it were — and I don’t believe it is — why is your first impulse to berate her, knowing that whether or not you “identify” as Black, you are seen as Black… that whether or not you believe you “deserve” your oppression, you are oppressed?
what’s funny to me is that this, specifically — that race is something done to ppl, not chosen by them — is what Raven-Symoné is talking abt
there is absolutely no denying that the reclamation and redefinition of Blackness is powerful, integral, necessary, a driving force, a cohesive force — but we cannot ignore its origin… the concept of race is a direct result of imperialism; race is something that was done and is done to ppl
there was no point at which Raven-Symoné denied her ethnic make-up, nor did she deny the reality of racial oppression (unless there’s some other example that I haven’t seen) — I think all she was trying to do here was claim the right to define herself, using the language she had available
I love veggie juice but taking my juicer apart n washing a dozen individual pieces daily is so unappealing that I end up buying fresh juice on a regular basis