During a guest-hosting spot on The View on Wednesday, May 13, the former Cosby Show actress once again landed herself in hot water, this time for her objections to Harriet Tubman's face being on the $20 bill — which is part of Women on 20s' mission to get a female face on the bill — and her opinion is not winning her any friends.
"No offense to everyone that's going to be mad at me for saying this, I don't like that idea. I think we need to move a little bit forward. Let me just preface that I understand the history, I get it. Trust me, I was taught, I was in that culture. … I would've chosen Rosa Parks," she said of the civil rights activist Parks.
She continued, "I would have chosen someone that is closer to the progression that we're doing now. I know you have to understand history so you don't repeat it, but that doesn't happen in our world, because we still repeat history of hating other cultures over and over again. I would choose a different woman, no offense."
Well, Raven-Symoné may not have intended any offense, but she has caused plenty. Hordes of people have taken to Twitter to express their disdain for her comments and even offer her a little history lesson.
Raven Symone would of been one of the slaves talking about her feet hurt from walking until Harriet pulled the toaster out on her— Muntaqim. (@PeaceToTheGod) May 14, 2015
Harriet Tubman paved the way so the ancestors COULD create Rosa P so she could sit on the bus #ravensymone— Kennie Mac (@aynek26) May 14, 2015
In my opinion it's classless to throw shade at Harriet Tubman, a women who will always be relevant, just because you, Raven Symone, are not.— Lisa Vikingstad (@LisaVikingstad) May 14, 2015
I'm not sure what Raven Symone is trying to say. Harriet Tubman guided 300 slaves to freedom. How is that not a history that evokes pride?— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 14, 2015
Dear Raven Symone, Here is a brief history lesson... If there was no Harriet Tubman... There would be no Rosa Parks. Sincerely, Society— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) May 14, 2015
Raven Symone doesn’t find Harriet Tubman progressive enough to be on our $20 bill. Same Raven who said she’s from every continent in Africa.— Bon Vivant (@BONVlVANT) May 14, 2015
Raven Symone says Harriett Tubman isn't progressive enough for the $20 bill. FML.— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) May 14, 2015
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