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Truthout Interviews Eisa Ulen on Raven Symone and Black Identity

Sunday, October 19, 2014 By Ted Asregadoo, Truthout | Video Interview
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Raven Symone at the UCLA's Spring Sing 2014 at Pauley Pavilion UCLA on May 16, 2014 in Westwood, CA.Raven Symone at the UCLA's Spring Sing 2014 at Pauley Pavilion UCLA on May 16, 2014 in Westwood, CA. (Image: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)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.    

This article is a Truthout original.

Ted Asregadoo

Ted Asregadoo is a Truthout contributor. Follow his YouTube channel.


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Truthout Interviews Eisa Ulen on Raven Symone and Black Identity

Sunday, October 19, 2014 By Ted Asregadoo, Truthout | Video Interview
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Raven Symone at the UCLA's Spring Sing 2014 at Pauley Pavilion UCLA on May 16, 2014 in Westwood, CA.Raven Symone at the UCLA's Spring Sing 2014 at Pauley Pavilion UCLA on May 16, 2014 in Westwood, CA. (Image: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)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.    

This article is a Truthout original.

Ted Asregadoo

Ted Asregadoo is a Truthout contributor. Follow his YouTube channel.


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