T.I. Responds To Raven-Symoné Not Wanting To Be Called African-American
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T.I. is adding his two cents to the Raven-Symone debate. During an appearance on Larry King Now, the Atlanta rapper was asked what he thought of Symone’s statement that she considers herself an “American, not an African-American.”

“I think she has an incredible point,” T.I. responded. “I think we need to find more reasons to unify rather than divide each other. Everybody isn’t meant to be the same.”

Asked whether he too objected to being called African-American, T.I. said, “I didn’t say I didn’t like it.”

“Words to me don’t have much power unless you give them power,” he added. “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.”