Are we jumping on the band wagon to drive Raven off of the view?
It always good to have a representative of our community out there in mainstream media, television, and politics. But are they the right representative? Do we blindly support the gay candidate for governor just because he is LGBT? Do we buy the singer's records just because they are LGBT. Do we support someone on the news panel just because they are LGBT. The answer should be no. I am sure we give these individuals more of a try since they are LGBT, but has one of them worn out that trial period? Here is what has usatoday.com to say.
Raven Symoné may still be a relative newcomer to ABC's The View, but she's getting well-versed in controversy.
In July, Symoné, who just got out of a same-sex relationship, got into a heated debate with Candace Cameron Bure over religious liberty. More recently, she took heat after she said she wouldn't be inclined to hire someone with a "ghetto" name.
On Wednesday, she angered viewers by expressing some qualified support for Ben Fields, the South Carolina policeman who violently dragged a student from her desk after she refused to put her phone away.
"I think it's important that we all understand what happened and we don't know everything. First, she was asked by multiple teachers to put her phone away or to leave the room. We don't know if she popped off at the mouth. We don't know what she said, but she did not get up. They called him as a last resort. He talked to her for 30 seconds and she still didn't get up. She still didn't put the phone away. You do not need to be manhandling a child that way but at the same time, kids, put your phones away."
As of Saturday, nearly 120,000 people had signed a petition addressed to View executive producer Barbara Walters urging her to fire Symoné,
The petition reads:
Raven Symone has been spouting her ignorant and self hating spiel on the view for Long enough, from stating that she wouldn't hire somebody for having a ghetto name, to openly complaining about reverse racism, the final straw was her comment about the recent viral video of the school police officer assaulting the student, where Raven Symone said "get off your phone in school then". African Americans and black people around the diaspora need a voice representative of their views and not a voice representative of what white people want us to say. We need strong black rolemodels in prominent positions on television an Raven Symone cannot provide that. That is why I ask that we petition to remove her from The View.
There has been no official comment from The View's producers.
Here is the video from her comments on her most recent controversial commentary.
If this is video of one of the reasons causing people to sign the petition, I just don't see it. Being in education and a teacher for 10 years, I have a great deal of things to say about the actual student / police officer incident, but the comments by Raven do not add up to a call for dismissal.
Will you sign the petition? Aren't there so many other instances where fellow 'The View' panelists are just as far off the mark?