America wants Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill…but Raven-Symone does not! While guest hosting ‘The View’ on May 13, the former Disney star shockingly explained why she wouldn’t want to see the heroic abolitionist on American currency — and people are outraged!
Sorry, Harriet Tubman, but according to Raven-Symone, you do NOT deserve to be on the $20 bill. While discussing a new petition to make American currency less white and male, and replace Andrew Jackson on the bill, Raven shared a shocking opinion — she does not agree with American voters’ decision that Harriet should be the $20’s new face. Check out some viewers’ outraged reactions!
Raven-Symone On Harriet Tubman’s $20 Bill: She Shouldn’t Be On It
“No offense to everyone who’s going to be mad at me for saying this, I don’t like that idea,” Raven said on The View, regarding the Harriet Tubman decision. “I don’t like it. I think we need to move a little bit more forward. I understand, let me just preface, I understand the history, I was taught. I’m in that culture. There’s also Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt…and I personally would’ve chosen Rosa Parks.”
Whoa, girl, why are you hating on Harriet?! Both she and Rosa made major, heroic changes and would be great representatives of our history on the $20 bill. But, according to Raven, we’re too far removed from Harriet’s time, and she wants to see someone more current grace the bill.
“I would’ve chosen someone who is closer to the progression that we’re doing now, and I know you have to understand history so you don’t repeat it, but that doesn’t really happen in our world because we still repeat history of hating other cultures over and over again,” she explained. “I would’ve chosen a different one, no offense.”
Uh…kind of confusing? But everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, I guess? However, many were outraged over Raven’s comments, and took to Twitter to blast her for it.
Everytime Raven-Symone opens her mouth ………. 😑😑😑😑
— Travis (@ThatsTheT) May 14, 2015
Why does Raven Symone keep opening her mouth smh
— The Great Bambino (@David_NoRuffN) May 14, 2015
Man…who keeps allowing Raven Symone to speak?
— #BLM (@BHAMTHER5AL) May 14, 2015
.@TheView stop giving Raven-Symone a platform to share her opinion please.
— Kelly Glowland (@VelvetRebelle) May 14, 2015
Harriet Tubman helped slaves find freedom & was a Black Feminist leader. Raven Symone, DEFINE progressive. You’re ignorant @MissRavenSymone
— Lisa Vikingstad (@LisaVikingstad) May 14, 2015
I have no respect for Raven Symone… I literally wouldn’t blink twice is she mysteriously disappeared off the face of the earth.
— Tee (@xoxo_teecakes) May 14, 2015
Of course, nothing is going to come immediately out of this petition. However, it doesn’t take a huge Act of Congress to make this sort of change — it only requires an approval from the Secretary of Treasury.
This certainly isn’t the first time Raven has made a controversial comment while appearing on The View. In March, she defended journalist Rodner Figueroa when he said that Michelle Obama looks like an ape!
“Don’t fire me from this right now, but some people look like animals,” she admitted, after hearing Rodner’s comments. Wait was she agreeing with him!? Once the clip aired, she was slammed for backing the racist comment.
“Some comments are rude, some are disrespectful, and some are racist. Try to not exchange one for the other,” she wrote on Twitter afterward. “My opinion/comments arn’t based off race, that doesn’t mean I’m trying to be a different race all together. I love OUR history, family….”
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — What do you think of Raven saying Harriet shouldn’t be on the $20 bill?
— Alyssa Norwin