— Ira Glass
Hey, I have an idea. How about we let Raven Symone tell us who she is and we not look at her from the eyes of racists when she tells us who she is and what she identifies with.
How about we don’t judge her experiences and define her identity based on her skin color. How about I’m half Eritrean and I don’t get the whole ‘African American’ label.
"African" is not a culture. Its a continent. Just like European is not a culture. Its a continent.
American is a nationality…African/Black American is not. Check your passport. If you don’t have one, you probably shouldn’t be claiming any other continent than the one you’ve only set foot on…ever.
Just because she may be subjected to prejudice/racism by a hateful population, does not make her/strip her of any rights/identity as an American. Americans of all different characteristics have different experiences.
Women in America are oppressed in so many ways to. Do I have to call myself a Woman American?
How about calling yourself American and not labeling yourself how racist see you is the most powerful way to combat bigotry and promote our equality by reclaiming her God given status.
We all understand geography. We all understand particular physical traits come from different continents/countries. But if you never lived that cultural experience, you really shouldn’t be claiming it.
If you don’t know where your ancestors came from, you’re American. Just like the white American people who have no idea which country their ancestors came from, so are happy with ‘American’.
WHY DOES EVERYONE CARE SO MUCH ABOUT AN INDIVIDUAL AND THE WAY SHE IDENTIFIES HERSELF. She’s not identifying you! You identify differently—that’s allowed. All you have in common is skin color—and even then your most likely a different complexion. Focus on your own identity.
That’s all for now.