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In an interview with Oprah, actress Raven-Symone says she doesn't want to be called African-American, only American. Do you agree?

Lauren Turner
Oct, 06, 2014

When it comes to ethinicity in America, few of us can avoid the labels society has placed on us. We're African-American, Irish-American, Hispanic-America—the list is endless.

Raven-Symone doesn't want any of it. In an interview with Oprah on Where Are They Now, the former child star said she's "tired" of the labels. "I'm not an African-American; I'm an American," she said. And it's not that Symone doesn't awknowledge her heritage and culture, she just refuses to sit under the label.

"I mean, I don't know where my roots go to," she explained. "I don't know how far back they go...I don't know what country in Africa I'm from, but I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I'm an American. And that's a colorless person. I don't label myself. I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian. I connect with Asia. I connect with Black. I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture." 

Do you agree with Raven or do you prefer to call yourself African-American? Do you use another label or have you given up on labels altogether? Take our poll and leave a comment below. 

QUESTION:Do you use the label African-American to describe yourself? Yes, I'm an African-American. 28% No, I'm just an American. 17% I call myself Black. 48% Other, describe below. 7% Total votes: 618