Ted Asregadoo talks to Truthout contributor Eisa Ulen about the larger meaning of Raven Symone’s denial of blackness.
Also see: Raven Is a Shade of Black
When Raven Symone said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey she shuns labels about her sexuality and race, many African-Americans reacted strongly, feeling that she was denying her blackness. Truthout contributor Eisa Ulen is one of the voices who reminds Symone and others that while a post-racial world is a laudable goal – and one Ulen certainly wants to see – we as a society are simply not there yet. The incidents of state-supported violence against people with black and brown skin in the last year have clearly demonstrated that we do not live in a world that has transcended color. Moreover, Ulen asserts that for Symone to say that she is colorless seems to evince more a yearning to erase her blackness (and so constitutes a slap in the face to African-Americans who have supported her work) than a desire to eschew labels that define her ethnicity and sexual orientation.