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Morgan Freeman nails the income inequality debate in this powerful 1 minute video
Rare ^ | June 5, 2014 | Douglas Barclay

Posted on 06/05/2014 1:12:42 PM PDT by don-o

While appearing on CNN Wednesday night, actor Morgan Freeman spread some refreshing ideas about debating income inequality in the United States.

Freeman stood up for the middle-class, telling host Don Lemon that without the middle-class, there would be no way to continue being a great nation of consumers.

When Lemon asked the actor whether he believed that race was a major contributing factor to income inequality, Freeman sternly disagreed.

“Do you think that race plays in a part in wealth distribution?” Lemon asked.

“No, no, no, I don’t. You and I are, we’re proof. Why would race have anything to do with it. Put your mind to what you want to do and go for that. It’s kind of like religion to me, it’s a good excuse for not getting there,” Freeman answered.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: incomeequality; morganfreeman
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1 posted on 06/05/2014 1:12:42 PM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

He’s an odd one. He likes to skirt the plantation. He’s been pretty honest about blacks only to turn around and say racism created the tea party.


2 posted on 06/05/2014 1:15:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: don-o

What just happened, here?


3 posted on 06/05/2014 1:16:50 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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To: don-o

I guess it’s better to light one candle than curse the darkness. He’s got this one right, I’ll give him that much.


4 posted on 06/05/2014 1:17:33 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: don-o

It’s always easier to blame someone else for your poverty than to get off your ass and do something about it.


5 posted on 06/05/2014 1:18:59 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: don-o

Holy Crap! That from Freeman? What is the world coming to.


6 posted on 06/05/2014 1:20:13 PM PDT by Borderline
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To: cripplecreek
He’s been pretty honest about blacks only to turn around and say racism created the tea party.

That's a requirement for getting an invitation to all the cool parties at the Democrat Convention.

He actually sounds like a lot of black Americans who have achieved success after growing up in the Jim Crow South.


7 posted on 06/05/2014 1:22:30 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: don-o

I guess Blacks are starting to figure out they’ve been had by the Dems.


8 posted on 06/05/2014 1:25:34 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“Jim Crow South. “

And Jim Crow North, where Jim Crow Laws started.


9 posted on 06/05/2014 1:25:53 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: cripplecreek

“He’s an odd one. He likes to skirt the plantation. He’s been pretty honest about blacks only to turn around and say racism created the tea party.”

$$$$$$$$

Agreed. But his idea of building the middle class would be to raise minimum wages, cap executive pay, give unions more power, have single-payer health care for everyone, and increase compensation for government workers.


10 posted on 06/05/2014 1:26:04 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: cripplecreek
re: He’s an odd one

You have to remember Freeman's roots. His partner in both Ground Zero club and Mahabi (sp) is a very liberal trial lawyer and politician. I think he had a lot of influence on Freeman's politics and might help explain his “skirting the plantation”. Great phrase. I may have to steal it.

I think Mahabi went bankrupt, but I do believe Ground Zero is doing well.

11 posted on 06/05/2014 1:26:26 PM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: CodeToad
And Jim Crow North, where Jim Crow Laws started.

I have witnessed two naked, ugly, nasty acts of racism in my lifetime.

One occurred in Ohio and the other in Michigan. None during my trips down South.


12 posted on 06/05/2014 1:30:19 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Nowhere was the Klan more powerful than in the midwest during the progressive Wilson era. Illinois seems to have been ground zero.


13 posted on 06/05/2014 1:34:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: don-o

Maybe he likes being rich.

I can’t give him a pass for being married to his step grandaughter.


14 posted on 06/05/2014 1:35:32 PM PDT by Williams
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To: don-o
Tomorrow he'll say the opposite.

Never trust the Hollyweirders (except for Gary Sinise).

15 posted on 06/05/2014 1:40:39 PM PDT by what's up (sun)
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To: don-o

bkmk


16 posted on 06/05/2014 1:49:32 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: cripplecreek

I saw him on his shoe Through the Worm Hole on SciTV last night. The episode was about human ideals of ‘fairness’ and inequality may be in our genetic makeup.

Tests with primates, specifically monkeys, showed that they would accept certain levels of inequality in rewards for tasks, but not inequity.

They took two monkeys in side by side cages, had them perform the same task. One was given a piece of bell pepper for a reward, which they like, and the other was given a grape, which they like better. The monkey that got the bell pepper had a fit.

The alpha male that got the grape would eventually turn it down rather than accept it in front of the other monkey.


17 posted on 06/05/2014 1:53:30 PM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: don-o

Blind squirrels and clocks.


18 posted on 06/05/2014 2:01:58 PM PDT by polymuser
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To: Williams
I can’t give him a pass for being married to his step grandaughter.

Seriously? WTF?

19 posted on 06/05/2014 2:11:02 PM PDT by Hyman Roth
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To: don-o

He’s a mixed bag:

Politics
Freeman endorsed Barack Obama’s candidacy for the 2008 presidential election, although he stated that he would not join Obama’s campaign.[42] He narrates for The Hall of Presidents with Barack Obama, who has been added to the exhibit.[43][44] The Hall of Presidents re-opened on July 4, 2009, at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.[44] Freeman joined President Bill Clinton, USA Bid Committee Chairman Sunil Gulati, and USMNT midfielder Landon Donovan on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, in Zurich for the U.S. bid committee’s final presentation to FIFA for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[45]

Comments on racism
Freeman has publicly criticized the celebration of Black History Month and does not participate in any related events, saying, “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.”[46] He says the only way to end racism is to stop talking about it, and he notes that there is no “white history month.”[47] Freeman once said on an interview with 60 Minutes’s Mike Wallace, “I am going to stop calling you a white man and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.”[46][48] Freeman supported the defeated proposal to change the Mississippi state flag, which contains the Confederate battle flag.[49][50] Freeman sparked controversy in 2011 when, on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, he accused the Tea Party movement of racism.[51][52][53]

Source: Wikipedia


20 posted on 06/05/2014 2:16:35 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: don-o

He has a restuarant in Clarksdale that is one of our customers


21 posted on 06/05/2014 2:34:51 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (Vote McDaniel June 24th Mississippi!)
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To: Sybeck1

Prob has had the touch put on him for years from the disadvantaged of his race and has tired of it!


22 posted on 06/05/2014 3:15:25 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: what's up

“Tomorrow he’ll say the opposite.”

So true, he’ll be crawfish’n in a day or two.


23 posted on 06/05/2014 3:47:28 PM PDT by slouper (LWRC SPR 223)
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To: cripplecreek

He has his moments. But I’m sure somebody will get to him and “put his mind right.”


24 posted on 06/05/2014 3:50:37 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: don-o

Video is not available anymore! YouTube user pulled their account?


25 posted on 06/05/2014 5:09:25 PM PDT by Bob Mc
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To: dfwgator
He has his moments. But I’m sure somebody will get to him and “put his mind right.”

One of his moments

(Good grief, that makes me feel old...)

26 posted on 06/05/2014 5:11:58 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Bob Mc

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/morgan-freeman-to-don-lemon-race-has-no-impact-on-income-inequality/


27 posted on 06/05/2014 5:12:56 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

The video is no longer available. I am not surprised.


28 posted on 06/05/2014 5:13:36 PM PDT by dforest
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To: dforest

see 27


29 posted on 06/05/2014 5:15:03 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

Thanks, I just saw that! At least Freeman gets it that without the middle class, there would be nobody left to pilfer from.


30 posted on 06/05/2014 5:19:04 PM PDT by dforest
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