If you’re mad at her, you don’t understand it. White people are trying to remove themselves from all people of color. Let me show you why this is true. You’ve heard of Asian-americans or African Americans or Mexican Americans. But how about a European American? Have you ever heard someone say they’re Canadian American? or European American? Probably not. White people can just call themselves American, even if their ancestry has not been in America for long. If your great-grandparents moved because of the potato famine, you don’t call yourselves Irish American, you have lived your entire life in the United States, you call yourself an American. But now, take someone whose ancestry is linked to some of the first slaves in the colonies, and they still call themselves African-American. Doesn’t matter if they’ve never stepped foot on the continent and share no cultural link, other than pigment, with any society in Africa, they still have to identify with African.
What’s most infuriating is that even people who are the ultimate Americans: Native Americans. They were in the Americas while ass backwards Europe was accusing (and burning) women of being witches. THEY, of all people, shouldn’t have to specify their identity as an American, but NO they have to be labeled with something else.
Raven Symone is an absolute star. She has my total respect for standing up like this, and I hope her so much happiness with her girlfriend. I wish she was still on television, she taught me so much , even if it was all from a disney show
Yeah um no. She was specifically stressing the fact that she didn’t want to be referred to as an African American because she didn’t want to be labled, but immediately contradicted herself by labeling herself as an American, therefore nullifying her excuse. She proceeds to talk about how she’s multicultural, therefore she’s “colorless” which again is another contradiction because how does being connected to different cultures and races make you “colorless.” It would be one thing to say something along the lines of, I don’t identify as an African American because i’m not directly from Africa and feel no connection to that place. However to disassociate yourself from what makes you you in an attempt to be recognized as a human isn’t progressive. You are well within your right to like her, I still do, but don’t deny what was actually said.