More Than 100,000 Sign Petition to Remove Raven-Symoné From The View

Raven-Symoné in 2007
Raven-Symoné in 2007

In the latest update about Raven-Symoné, an online petition is calling for her removal from The View after she intimated last week that a high school student in Columbia, S.C., could have avoided being violently attacked by a school resource officer if she had simply gotten off her phone.   

“You are in school, get off yo’ phone. What you doin’ on Instagram?” she quipped during a conversation on the show about the incident at Spring Valley High School. During a different episode of the show, she denigrated African-American names, saying that she wouldn’t hire anyone with “a ghetto name.”

The petition at, which so far has garnered 125,280 signatures, calls on Barbara Walters to remove the actress-turned-talk show host, saying that she “has been spouting her ignorant and self-hating spiel on [The V]iew for long enough.”


“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,” writes the petitioner, Che Scott-Heron, of London. “We need strong black role [models] in prominent positions on television an[d] Raven Symoné cannot provide that. That is why I ask that we petition to remove her from The View.”

Scott-Heron updated the petition Friday to respond to critics who said it’s unlikely that the petition would get Raven-Symoné fired and that she should focus on combating police brutality and violence.

“[O]f course police brutality is a much bigger issue than Raven Symoné but we are fighting BOTH,” she wrote. “The narrative of Raven Symoné contributes to peoples [sic] opinions of black people and then contributes to police brutality[.] [I]t is all interlinked.”

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