Raven-Symone appeared on Oprah‘s “Where Are They Now?” on OWN last night (October 5) and made some very bold claims when it comes to her race and what she identifies herself as.
Not only does she not identify with herself as African-American, but she also does not consider herself gay. Last year, when the Supreme Court declared that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, she tweeted, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you”. Symone didn’t officially come out, but the tweet clearly alluded to it.
She revealed that while she is in a relationship with another woman, labels aren’t important to her. Symone says her family raised her to be as private as possible.
From E! Online:
“I’m tired of being labeled,” she said. “I’m an American. I’m not an African American; I’m an American.”
“Oh, girl,” a surprised Winfrey said. “Don’t set up Twitter on fire…Oh, my lord. What did you just say?”
“I mean, I don’t know where my roots go to,” Raven explained. “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.” Winfrey warned, “You’re going to get a lot of flak for saying you’re not African American. You know that, right?” The College Road Trip star put her hand up and reiterated, “I don’t label myself. I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian. I connect with Asian. I connect with Black. I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture.”
“You are a melting pot in one body,” Winfrey said.
“Aren’t we all?” Raven asked. “Isn’t that what America’s supposed to be?”
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