“I don’t like labels, but everyone needs them to understand what is going on. So, okay, I get it. Give me ‘American.’ There is nothing wrong with being an American, purely,” Raven-Symone told PEOPLE in the magazine’s latest issue.
“I think that there are a lot of different races that fall under ‘American,’ so past that you really just are sub-categorizing me over and over again,” says the “That’s So Raven” veteran. “I’m not disowning my history in any way. My family has been here for almost 400 years. We’re American.
This is me and what I feel about myself. But if you identify as African-American, then you’re African-American,” she continued. “What right do I have to tell you what you are and what you’re not?”
“The View” co host doesn’t want to be identified as gay either — she came out last year, and has since been dating model-actress AzMarie Livingston.
“I don’t want to be labeled gay,” she had said in 2014 in an interview with Oprah. “I want to be labeled a human who loves humans. I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African-American. I’m an American.”
Just this month, “The View” made headlines when Candace Cameron Bure defended the bakery that refused to sell a lesbian couple a wedding cake, to which Raven-Symone was quick to oppose.
“The Oregon law bars businesses from discriminating against sexual orientation, race, disability, age or religion,” Raven-Symoné argued, “and to me, it’s the same exact thing that they did back in the day saying that black people couldn’t do certain things because it’s my ‘religious belief.'”