Just To Clarify: “There Is Nothing Wrong With Being An American, Purely,” Says Raven-Symone

July 17, 2015  |  

Just in case you thought with age came wisdom, when it comes to Raven-Symone nine month’s time is not enough to see the light. The newest addition to “The View” recently sat down with People magazine and when they asked if her thoughts have changed at all after she “set Twitter on fire” last year when she told Oprah she’s not African American, she basically told the mag not in the least.

“I don’t like labels, but everyone needs them to understand what is going on,” she said. “So, okay, I get it. Give me ‘American.’ There is nothing wrong with being an American, purely.”

“I think that there are a lot of different races that fall under ‘American,’ so past that you really just are sub-categorizing me over and over again. I’m not disowning my history in any way. My family has been here for almost 400 years. We’re American.”

OK, we get it. She really hates labels. Thus far, though, the former Cosby kid only seems to have an issue when labels are applied to her. When it comes to how other people choose to define themselves racially she doesn’t really care.

“This is me and what I feel about myself. But if you identify as African-American, then you’re African-American,” she told People. “What right do I have to tell you what you are and what you’re not?”

While making her stance on race classification very clear, Raven-Symone went ahead and drove her point home about her sexuality as well, with a friendly reminder that she’s not “gay,” but a “human who loves humans.”


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