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Freeman Criticizes Black History Month
Comcast (c/o Associated Press) ^ | 12/15/2005 | Associated Press

Posted on 12/15/2005 5:42:54 PM PST by Angry Republican

NEW YORK - 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 (7 p.m. EST). "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history."

Black History Month has roots in historian Carter G. Woodson's Negro History Week, which he designated in 1926 as the second week in February to mark the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Woodson said he hoped the week could one day be eliminated _ when black history would become fundamental to 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.

Freeman received Oscar nominations for his roles in 1987's "Street Smart," 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy" and 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption." He finally won earlier this year for "Million Dollar Baby."


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: blackhistorymonth; blacks; february; history; morganfreeman
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Can't say I disagree with him.
1 posted on 12/15/2005 5:42:55 PM PST by Angry Republican
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Sounds good to me.


2 posted on 12/15/2005 5:44:27 PM PST by SouthernFreebird
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To: Angry Republican
"Black history is American history."

Well said, Mr. Freeman. Well said.

3 posted on 12/15/2005 5:44:51 PM PST by Prime Choice (We are RepubliCANs, not RepubliCAN'Ts.)
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To: Angry Republican
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.

Now I know why I like this man!

4 posted on 12/15/2005 5:46:24 PM PST by rocksblues (John McCain says adopt a terrorist today!)
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To: Angry Republican

He gets it.


5 posted on 12/15/2005 5:46:25 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Angry Republican

Can we follow up with

Black Expo

Black Miss America

Black Congressional Caucus

etc.?


6 posted on 12/15/2005 5:47:30 PM PST by digger48
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To: Angry Republican
The whole idiocy of "Black History Month" could be revealed by imagining an equivalent "White History Month".

Silly, isn't it?

7 posted on 12/15/2005 5:47:32 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Angry Republican

You know of course, that a black man invented the traffic light, and if it weren't for him, we'd be colliding all the time at intersections.  And a black man invented the comb, and if it weren't for him, we'd all be wearing dreadlocks. 

Anyways, I can't think of anything more important than dividing and apportioning human accomplishments by race.  It brings us all together.

Owl_Eagle

"You know, I'm going to start thanking
the woman who cleans the restroom in
the building I work in.  I'm going to start
thinking of her as a human being"

-Hillary Clinton
(Yes, she really said that
Peggy Noonan
The Case Against Hillary Clinton, pg 55)

8 posted on 12/15/2005 5:47:40 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Dog Gone

And he knows his penguins, too


9 posted on 12/15/2005 5:48:09 PM PST by digger48
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To: Angry Republican

I find this so funny, because just yesterday or today, Debbie Wasserman-Schulz of Florida, was on the House floor, complaining that there is a Black History Month, and there are Hispanic celebrations in May...but,

there is no "Jewish History Month"...so, I guess Freeman should talk to the Congress, because it seems that they are going the opposite way. LOL


10 posted on 12/15/2005 5:48:37 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Angry Republican

The ghettoization of history into black studies, women's studies, queer studies, etc., has been nothing but destructive.


11 posted on 12/15/2005 5:49:14 PM PST by denydenydeny ("As a Muslim of course I am a terrorist"--Sheikh Omar Brooks, quoted in the London Times 8/7/05)
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To: Txsleuth

I she the one who's hair looks like she just straddled an electric fence(post)?


12 posted on 12/15/2005 5:50:55 PM PST by digger48
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To: denydenydeny

How about teaching children in the US in the Spanish language?


13 posted on 12/15/2005 5:51:21 PM PST by rocksblues (John McCain says adopt a terrorist today!)
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To: Angry Republican

Morgan Freeman is one of the best actors in America. I happen to agree with him here too.


14 posted on 12/15/2005 5:51:35 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: Angry Republican

Well said, Mr. Freeman. You're a class act, as always.


15 posted on 12/15/2005 5:56:36 PM PST by DemforBush
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To: Zack Nguyen
Morgan Freeman is one of the best actors in America. I happen to agree with him here too.

I'll second both of your comments.

16 posted on 12/15/2005 5:57:03 PM PST by appleharvey
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To: Angry Republican
Easy Reader,
That's my name....

Even way back then, I liked the guy.


17 posted on 12/15/2005 6:00:15 PM PST by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: Angry Republican

Good for him. I think the lib is waking up after 68 years.


18 posted on 12/15/2005 6:01:31 PM PST by satchmodog9 ( Seventy million spent on the lefts Christmas present and all they got was a Scooter)
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To: Angry Republican
"I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history."

OK,Mr Freeman...for 100 bonus points:

Is white history also American history?

19 posted on 12/15/2005 6:03:02 PM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: digger48

I believe the Black Congressional Caucus will be the LAST one to go.


20 posted on 12/15/2005 6:03:41 PM PST by ItsForTheChildren
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