Raven Symone Sheds Racial Labels

By Steven Fermin

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One of our favorite childhood stars has a new controversial idea. Raven Symone, former star of “That’s So Raven,” “The Cosby Show,” and recently Fox’s “Empire,” has challenged the world and social media with her rejection of labels.

During an interview last year with Oprah Winfrey, Raven stirred the pot by saying, “I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American.”

Many misunderstood what Raven said in this interview. She doesn’t want to be labeled as an “African-American” because she is unsure if she is just African.

She said, “[I don’t] know where my roots go to; I don’t know how far back they go. I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from. But I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American, and that’s a colorless person, because we’re all people. I have lots of things running through my veins.”

Raven also said she wants “to be labeled a human who loves humans.”

The idea of being “human” with no labels has many people in an uproar, but Raven is simply shedding most of the racial labels she was given by society.

Many have criticized Raven for a mistake she made during an interview with E! News. She slipped up by saying, “I am from every continent in Africa except for one and I’m also from every continent in Europe except for one.”
She meant to say “country” instead of “continent.” The backlash she received was unnecessary. She made a human mistake.

Raven is attempting to re-invent the world with her new risky ideas. The arguments people are aiming at her is that she isn’t embracing her culture. The truth is that she’s not rejecting her culture; she’s just not letting society label her.