Raven-Symone wants a woman to be on the U.S. $20 bill, as long as it’s not Harriet Tubman.
Raven said Tubman is not a progressive, modern symbol for racial equality.
Tubman bravely led 300 slaves to freedom between 1850 and 1858 using the Underground Railroad, a network of antislavery activists and safe houses.
“No offense to everyone that’s going to be mad at me for saying this, but I don’t like that idea [of Harriet Tubman on the $20],” Symone said on the May 14 episode of The View (see video). “I think we need to move a little bit forward.”
Raven said she’s rather see civil rights activist Rosa Parks on the $20 bill over Tubman.
“Me personally, I would have chosen Rosa Parks,” said Symone. “I would have chosen someone that is closer to the progression that we’re doing now.”
Raven added: “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 the history of hating other cultures over and over again. So I would choose a different one, no offense.”
Raven, who shot to fame playing Olivia on “The Cosby Show,” lost 70 pounds in 2011 by following a high-protein diet and doing cardio exercise.
The 5-foot-2 Symone once weighed 200 pounds, but said she always felt beautiful, even when she was obese.
“I could look in the mirror and see me at 200 pounds or 135 pounds, and I’m still the same person,” said Raven. “People say, ‘You look so pretty [now]!’ But I was pretty before.”
The former Disney star admits being thinner has its advantages. “It’s great to put on clothes and not wear a girdle,” said Raven.
An overweight Symone decided to overhaul her unhealthy lifestyle by eating better and exercising. Instead of binging on cupcakes, Raven opted for baked pears with agave syrup and began adding more lean protein and vegetables into her diet.
Raven also began exercising at least four days a week, doing 30-minute cardio workouts on the elliptical trainer. Slowly but surely, the weight came off.
Despite her weight loss, Symone says confidence comes from within, and not from a small dress size or ideal weight. “Whether or not I’m this size, I always preached, ‘Be comfortable with your self,’ and I will preach that forever,” said Raven.