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This 'Cosby Show' Kid Doesn't Want To Be Called African-American Anymore. For A Pretty Great Reason.

It might seem like what Raven-Symoné is saying is needlessly incendiary. But this country is a melting pot, so why do we feel the need to label everyone in it?

This 'Cosby Show' Kid Doesn't Want To Be Called African-American Anymore. For A Pretty Great Reason.

And just as a note: While Raven-Symoné says things in this that I agree with 100% (like when people think of "an American," they're usually picturing someone white and male), her point about colorblindness is nice but unfortunately not realistic. I totally respect her reasoning for not wanting to be labeled, but rejecting labels doesn't create equality — it often just makes talking about inequality harder.

Update 10/8/14: Raven-Symoné's interview has sparked a lot of criticism for its overly optimistic view of race (check out a really great dissenting opinion here), so Symoné spoke to The Grio about her very controversial viewpoint and clarified a few things:


Symoné’s comments to Oprah sparked outrage from critics on social media and the blogosphere. In an exclusive statement to theGrio.com, Symoné addresses the criticism she’s received since her interview with Oprah and wants to make one thing clear; she’s still “black.”

“I never said I wasn’t black … I want to make that very clear. I said, I am not African-American. I never expected my personal beliefs and comments to spark such emotion in people. I think it is only positive when we can openly discuss race and being labeled in America.”

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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