If you’re mad at her, you don’t understand it. White people are trying to remove themselves from all people of color. Let me show you why this is true. You’ve heard of Asian-americans or African Americans or Mexican Americans. But how about a European American? Have you ever heard someone say they’re Canadian American? or European American? Probably not. White people can just call themselves American, even if their ancestry has not been in America for long. If your great-grandparents moved because of the potato famine, you don’t call yourselves Irish American, you have lived your entire life in the United States, you call yourself an American. But now, take someone whose ancestry is linked to some of the first slaves in the colonies, and they still call themselves African-American. Doesn’t matter if they’ve never stepped foot on the continent and share no cultural link, other than pigment, with any society in Africa, they still have to identify with African.
What’s most infuriating is that even people who are the ultimate Americans: Native Americans. They were in the Americas while ass backwards Europe was accusing (and burning) women of being witches. THEY, of all people, shouldn’t have to specify their identity as an American, but NO they have to be labeled with something else.
Raven Symone is an absolute star. She has my total respect for standing up like this, and I hope her so much happiness with her girlfriend. I wish she was still on television, she taught me so much , even if it was all from a disney show
Americans of Irish descent literally never shut the fuck up about being Irish-American, and Italian-Americans do the same to a lesser extent. The only groups that apply to what you said are Americans of British (Scots, English, Welsh) and German ancestry who make most of the United States white population.
Moreover, several non-whites willingly identify as African, Hispanic and Asian Americans. Even if white Americans labelled them as such during times where segregation was law, and later de facto until the mid 60’s, it’s perfectly visible in the behaviour of minorities that they wish to cling to these labels in order to differentiate themselves from the majority white population of the United States and make a political statement (such as we are “oppressed”) which is exactly what Tumblr folk does.
I will agree though that Native Americans have been forcefully labelled as such, although expecting them to call themselves just simply “Americans” as if the indigenous peoples of North America were somehow homogenous is quite frankly ridiculous. Even they show a tendency to identify with the names of their respective tribes/peoples because American is a political, European-conceived term that nowadays has lost racial implications.
She’s not standing against the “evil” white man, she’s simply not making her race, something that she has no control over, to be her most noticeable identifier. i.e. she’s not making her race her identity, which believe it or not is good and Tumblr does not understand.