Morgan Freeman is a Man

I don’t know what Morgan Freeman’s other views are, but he won a lot of kudos from the conservative bloggers this week by his views on racial discrimination:

Morgan Freeman says the concept of a month dedicated to black history is “ridiculous.”

“You’re going to relegate my history to a month?” the 68-year-old actor says in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” to air Sunday. . . . “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.” . . .

Freeman notes there is no “white history month,” and says the only way to get rid of racism is to “stop talking about it.”

The actor says he believes the labels “black” and “white” are an obstacle to beating racism.

“I am going to stop calling you a white man and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man,” Freeman says.

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9 thoughts on “Morgan Freeman is a Man

  1. How refreshing! I always thought it was strange and a bit of a double standard that whites were considered and classified to be the “racists” all the while there is Black History Month…Black Entertainment Channel… NAACP… etc. If any White person, whether man or woman, were to form and support a White History Month, White Entertainment TV (aka Archie Bunker) or any other such form of segregated, flag waving race organization – we would be the target of a new level of racism and subject to appear on the next edition of Oprah. Give me a break already! We are all of the human race and hopefully Christians – with options, choices and decisions to make which will ultimately steer the course of our lives. You can choose to be what you want in life and with enough drive and determination – you WILL succeed! 😀

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  2. You’re exactly right, Michelle. While there is certainly some racism left in America, the only true way to eliminate racism is to eliminate preference based on race, regardless whether you’re black or white.

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  3. Black history month is a celebration of the contributions of African-Americans. We salute our heritage. The NAACP was founded by WHITES, not by Blacks. There’s nothing racist about loving and accepting who you are. There is a Hispanic month and a Jewish History month.

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  4. Regardless of what Mr. Freeman thinks, if it was not for the civil rights movement, he would not be able to live in the Hollywood Hills home he shares with his wife, but probably somewhere in Watts. He comes a long way from Driving Ms. Daisy…From the Black Theater is Harlem, where whites never attended anyway/

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  5. I don’t think you read Morgan Freeman’s comments. His point was that there’s no reason to limit his heritage to a single month, and that constantly focusing on a racial heritage is a sure fire way to maintain racism. Rather than celebrating who they are, NAACP now whips their membership into a frenzy be emphasizing who they are not.

    The original 32 founders of the NAACP, including W.E.B. Du Bois, we all black. The original group was called the Niagra Movement because they met on the Canadian side of Niagra Falls since no American hotel would permit them to gather. That was July of 1905. In 1906, 3 white members joined them. Please do your research first.

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  6. I attend a “historically black university.” This is my last semester, and for that, I am grateful.

    Each class I attend (with few exceptions), regardless of subject content, relates virtually everything to antebellum slavery, Affirmative Action, or the supposed oppression of “people of color.” There are posters that announce a “Black HIV and AIDS Day.” There are posters advertising interest meetings for the NAACP and for the Black Panthers. The innate absurdity of “black” clubs or “black” months comes into view when the news has a fit whenever advertisements for the KKK or white supremacists groups distributes flyers or posts advertisements. Under free speech and free assembly, all of these groups have a right to meet peacably and work according to their own agendas, but I believe that only critically thinking people will see the insidious racism that underlies such groups, and therefore ignore them.

    Contrary to the school’s definition, racism is not believing that one race is innately superior to another (that is a symptom of racist thought), but is an awful form of collectivism that will continue to plague America until we disband these foolish, clunky, hyphenated labels. It is particularly disheartening when people at my school attempt to call me an “Anglo-American,” when, ethnically speaking, I am probably a little bit of everything, though my dermatological phenotype happens to be white. Therefore, and I say this with thanksgiving that God has placed me in so great a Western country, I am an American. Ethnically, that is all. I owe no allegiance to any racial community.

    For years, I have admired Morgan Freeman as an actor, and with his remarks, I admire him even more as an American, with whom I am proud to share the freedoms and responsibilities that come with residing in this country.

    -Brown

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