Raven-Symoné, back in 2014, made some comments regarding her race that many in the black community considered as a betrayal of collective identity and faith. The star said on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2014 that she resisted being labeled as an African-American, not because she has a problem with black people, but more so because it just didn’t make that much sense to her.
The star said, “I’m tired of being labeled,” adding that she’s just an American, rather than an “African-American.” As a result, many people online were whipped up into a frenzy, accusing her of looking down on the rest of the community, and questioning her identity as a black woman.
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During a chat recently with BuzzFeed News, Raven dished on a number of different controversial topics, including her remarks from four years ago on Oprah’s show.
According to Raven, she never said she wasn’t “black,” because she clearly is. The issue for her is that she is an American, and wants to be considered as such, rather than as an African-American.
After all, her passport says she’s an American; she’s not from Africa, she’s never even lived there. “There are a lot of black Americans here who have been here longer than the Americans that are a different color,” the That’s So Raven alum remarked.
Fans of Raven will remember her popular television show, That’s So Raven, a series centered around her trials and tribulations in life. She’s also appeared in Master Of None and Black-Ish in the last three years.
Ever since then, Raven’s appearances in film and television have been quite numerous, in addition to her successful musical career. Raven has released four albums beginning in 1993 with Here’s to New Dreams.