Serious Question: What’s Up With Raven-Symoné?

May 19, 2015  |  

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Raven-Symoné is quickly inching into a pool full of celebrities whose opinions we simply do not have the patience to attempt at understanding anymore. Much like Stacey Dash, our dearest Raven-Symoné’s recent off-the-wall comments are sparking serious side-eyes and faces that read “What the f**k?!”

With her latest transgression, the Cosby Show alumnus appeared on The View to debate which female trailblazer should replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Instead of celebrating the possible recognition for Harriet Tubman, which comes more than a few years too late, Symoné voiced her opinions as to why Tubman would not be her first-round draft pick.

“No offense to everyone who’s going to be mad at me for saying this: I don’t like that idea. I don’t like it. I think we need to move a little bit forward… Let me just preface [by saying], I understand the history. I get it, trust me. I was taught, I’m in that culture. But there’s also Wilma Mankiller, there’s also Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harriet Tubman… Me personally, I would’ve chosen Rosa Parks. I would have chosen someone that is closer to the progression that we’re doing now. I know you have to understand history so you don’t repeat it, but that doesn’t happen in our world, because we still repeat history of hating other cultures over and over again. So I would choose a different one, no offense.”

I’m sorry, but what?! What “culture” is she referring to? And what makes Harriet Tubman any less “progressive” or notable than any other woman nominated? What could be more progressive than risking your life to help bring people out of slavery after escaping to gain your own freedom?

What I have noticed about Raven-Symoné’s hair-splitting comments as of late is that she routinely talks in circles. It is very rare that whatever headline-making bomb she drops makes sense even though she wants us to all believe “she gets it.”

So like many others, I’m wondering what happened to our beloved former child star? Is Raven-Symoné purposely trolling us? Perhaps she is stirring the pot in topics dealing with race to spark a discussion. At least, this would be a great excuse to better understand statements like, “I’m not an African-American; I’m an American.” Sure, we’re all tired of labels, but according to the U.S. Census and one quick look at your face, Raven, you are indeed an African-American.

I’m not sure what has influenced Raven-Symoné’s worldview. Maybe she’s had these opinions for years but never had a platform to share them. I don’t get it. Nor am I able to wrap my head around statements where she compares the FLOTUS’ appearance to that of a cat and says she’s from every continent in Africa. All that I can understand is that we are all entitled to our opinions. And while I wish I had more context to the mechanics of her brain, Raven-Symoné can say whatever she pleases, no matter how disappointing. I will just be sure to prepare myself to be thoroughly confused.

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