Raven-Symone Explains Why She Doesn't Want Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

by Antoinette Bueno 11:38 AM PDT, May 14, 2015
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Raven-Symone is definitely not afraid to speak her mind.

The former Disney star first caused a lot of controversy when she said she didn't want to be labeled "African-American" or "gay" during an interview with Oprah in October, and she's sure to have eyebrows raising again over her new comments about Harriet Tubman.

Based on the results of an unofficial poll by Women on 20s, voters picked Tubman as the first choice to be the new female face on the $20 bill, but the 29-year-old actress said she didn't agree during her appearance on The View on Thursday.

"No offense to everyone that's going to be mad at me for saying this, I don't like that idea. I don't like it," she said bluntly. "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'm in that culture."

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Women on 20s is an organization that is campaigning to put a woman's face on the $20 bill -- replacing Andrew Jackson -- by 2020, the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. More than 600,000 people cast their votes over a period of 10 weeks, with the famed abolitionist emerging as the winner.

But Raven-Symone says her first choice would have been Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks.

"I would have chosen someone that is closer to the progression that we're doing now," she explained. "And I know you have to understand history so that 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. So I would choose a different one, no offense."

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Watch the video below to revisit the former Cosby Show star's controversial comments on being labeled "African-American."