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
Just gonna add this in case people still don’t understand. Identifying as American doesn’t mean they aren’t identifying with their race. It means that they’re identifying with their nationality. African-American and Asian-American is just a way some people think is a “safer way” of saying what color a person is, in my opinion. Instead of African-American—and this is all based off of who is comfortable with what they wish to be referred to as—some people prefer to just be called American because they were born here. PoC are allowed to identify with their culture and racial background, but throwing around labels is rather alienating them as Americans. Overall, just call people who live in the USA American unless they ask you otherwise.