- The Washington Times - Friday, October 30, 2015

A petition demanding “The View” executive producer Barbara Walters fire Raven-Symoné as co-host of the show is nearing 100,000 signatures.

The 29-year-old actress sparked controversy this week after suggesting that the Spring Valley High School girl who was body-slammed by a school resource officer bore responsibility for the arrest, saying she shouldn’t have been on her cellphone in the first place.

Raven Symone has been spouting her ignorant and self hating spiel on the view for Long enough,” the petition, created on Wednesday by Che Scott-Heron, states. “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 role models 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.”

The petitioner also took issue with Ms. Symoné’s recent comments on name discrimination, which made national headlines.

“I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not gonna happen. I’m not gonna hire you,” she said earlier this month, sparking a wave of backlash.

In a column, titled “Raven-Symoné Rips Black Names, But Forgot About Her Own,” EBONY Magazine senior writer Jamilah Lemieux pointed out the negative effects of dehumanizing people based on their names.

“The whole world is trying to tear us apart and you want to discount the value of some other black person because she, TOO, has a black name, Raven hyphen alternate spelling of ‘Simone’? You got the nerve,” Ms. Lemieux wrote.

Mr. Scott-Heron’s petition has reached 98,810 signatures.

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