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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?

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 November 11, 2015


Remember those beloved Richard Scarry books from when you were a kid?

Like a lot of people, I grew up reading them. And now, I read them to my kids.

The best!

If that doesn't ring a bell, perhaps this character from the "Busytown" series will. Classic!

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Scarry was an incredibly prolific children's author and illustrator. He created over 250 books during his career. His books were loved across the world — over 100 million were sold in many languages.

But here's something you may not have known about these classics: They've been slowly changing over the years.

Don't panic! They've been changing in a good way.

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The Sam Vimes "Boots" Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness explains one way the rich get richer.

Any time conversations about wealth and poverty come up, people inevitably start talking about boots.

The standard phrase that comes up is "pull yourself up by your bootstraps," which is usually shorthand for "work harder and don't ask for or expect help." (The fact that the phrase was originally used sarcastically because pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps is literally, physically impossible is rarely acknowledged, but c'est la vie.) The idea that people who build wealth do so because they individually work harder than poor people is baked into the American consciousness and wrapped up in the ideal of the American dream.

A different take on boots and building wealth, however, paints a more accurate picture of what it takes to get out of poverty.

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"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) and actor Peter Dinklage.

On Tuesday, Upworthy reported that actor Peter Dinklage was unhappy with Disney’s decision to move forward with a live-action version of “Snow White and the Seven Drawfs” starring Rachel Zegler.

Dinklage praised Disney’s inclusive casting of the “West Side Story” actress, whose mother is of Colombian descent, but pointed out that, at the same time, the company was making a film that promotes damaging stereotypes about people with dwarfism.

"There's a lot of hypocrisy going on, I've gotta say, from being somebody who's a little bit unique," Dinklage told Marc Maron on his “WTF” podcast.

"Well, you know, it's really progressive to cast a—literally no offense to anybody, but I was a little taken aback by, they were very proud to cast a Latino actress as Snow White," Dinklage said, "but you're still telling the story of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.' Take a step back and look at what you're doing there.”

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