This whole “Raven Symone” thing bothers me for TWO reasons;
#1. For some reason society has a problem with an individual using a self definition that is not up to societies liking. If I want to define myself as someone I am not, or someone I am, then I should be able to do that. If I want to say that I am an American (which I am) then what is the real issue!? Is the problem that she is giving herself a title similar to that of a Caucasian and seeing that her skin isn’t pale enough she has to subject to a definition of an African American which is looked down upon!? In all due respect, African Americans don’t call themselves “African Americans” unless they are activists within the war on racism or as a nation there is an African American controversy that provides media attention or commendable action, which is exactly what she is doing. The problem isn’t as much as it is what she believes in herself but it is what we believe she ‘SHOULD’ believe in along with the praise and backlash we would have given her if she had answered differently.
#2. The only reason why we are trying to define ourselves is because there is a created notion that we have to be SOMETHING! Why is it that if you are a person of color you HAVE TO BE of a different ethnicity!? I actually feel sorry for those people who believe that they have to be defined by what is in front of the “American” term. The fact that she was asked about her sexuality and what she defines herself as is the whole issue. WHY DOES SHE HAVE TO DEFINE HER SEXUALITY? why is that even a question we have interest in? Media has made it their business to place actors, singer, rappers, and musicians into socially proclaimed categories for the benefit of their wallets not because it is of an important interest to us.
The point is, Society makes it ok to question someone about their sexuality on television and when the answer is not what we want we then feel like we have the authority to criticize them for being exactly what we claim to be, a “melting pot”