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Raven-Symoné clarifies ghetto name comments

Raven Symone
Photo: @ravensymone via Instagram

Raven-Symoné has been getting her name dragged through the mud by Black people across every facet of social media this past week after she made shocking comments on “The View” that she wouldn’t hire anyone with a “ghetto name” like Watermelondrea. Now, the former child star has finally spoken out to clarify her comments.

As originally reported, during a segment on the show when the women were discussing how people with “ghetto names” were far more likely to be discriminated against when it came to applying for jobs, Raven blatantly claimed she’d discriminate against someone with a ghetto name too.

“I’m very discriminatory against words like the names they were saying [earlier]. I’m not about to hire you if your name is ‘Watermelondrea,’ ” Raven said on air, laughing.

Not surprisingly, Black people on every social media platform quickly let loose on Raven and criticized her for supporting racism in the workplace. Black people also called Raven out for judging “Black sounding names” when her own name includes a hyphen, an accent mark and an alternate spelling of the name Simone.

Even Raven’s own father held his daughter accountable for saying “dumb s—.”

“Raven is a really Beautiful, Sweethearted, Human Being. I should know. Her Mother and I Love her Very much and will always support her and have her back. Even if sometimes … she says some dumb S#%T!” said her father and former manager, Christopher B. Pearman.

Now, it appears that Raven has had a change of heart because she recently clarified her statements on her Facebook page.

Read her message after the cut.

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