In a new interview with PEOPLE, The View host Raven-Symone explains why she refuses to label herself as African-American…still.
If you remember, Raven came under fire last year for an interview with Oprah Winfrey in which she rejected the African-American label in favor of simply being called American.
“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,” the former Cosby Show star tells PEOPLE in the magazine’s latest issue.
The concept of labels is hot topic for Symoné, who is dating model-actress AzMarie Livingston and prefers to be called a “human who loves humans” rather than “gay.”
“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 Disney veteran. “I’m not disowning my history in any way. My family has been here for almost 400 years. We’re American.”
Not that she’s looking to convert anyone to her way of thinking.
“This is me and what I feel about myself. But if you identify as African-American, then you’re African-American,” she says. “What right do I have to tell you what you are and what you’re not?”