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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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To: Angry Republican


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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To: Izzy Dunne
Silly, isn't it?

Wouldn't you say that having Black History Month, etc. continues the "seperate-but-equal" mentality that the so-called black leadership says it opposes?

21 posted on 12/15/2005 6:05:50 PM PST by libertyman ("....It's [the Constitution] just a g-ddamned piece of paper" --Presidebt Bush, Nov. '05)
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To: Angry Republican

Morgan better watch it...punk a$$ Jamie Foxx might call him out.


22 posted on 12/15/2005 6:08:29 PM PST by chasio649
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To: appleharvey

This true American is an icon. He is a treasure that God bestowed on America, just as our Lord did with Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. Not only is Morgan Freeman a great actor, but his narration in the film "The March Of the Penquins" is truly magnificent.


23 posted on 12/15/2005 6:08:39 PM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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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.

Freeman is a very,very talented actor.If I'm reading this piece correctly,however,he'd better watch what he says lest he wind up in the Bill Cosby PC Doghouse.

24 posted on 12/15/2005 6:09:19 PM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: Angry Republican

Thankyou, Mr. Freeman.

You have encapsulated my entire philosophy of history and race relations in a very powerful and succinct fashion.

You are a great American and I am proud to call you "one of my own."

I live near enough to your "stomping grounds" in Clarksdale, Mississippit, to have had ambitions of visiting your restraunt (particularly after the bit you did with Rachel Raye on Food Network). You have given me one more reason to go out of my way to accomplish that ambition.


25 posted on 12/15/2005 6:24:33 PM PST by Phsstpok (There are lies, damned lies, statistics and presentation graphics, in descending order of truth)
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To: Angry Republican

I was very impressed when in the audio commentary on the "Glory" DVD he stated "There is no 'black history.' There's history, and we're part of it."


26 posted on 12/15/2005 6:27:25 PM PST by william clark
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To: digger48

LOL---yes!!!

She also talks like she has a mouth full of marbles.


27 posted on 12/15/2005 6:29:41 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Angry Republican
Freeman Criticizes Black History Month

I see nothing wrong with a black history month.

As long as we also have:

A Puerto Rican history month.
an Italian-American history month.
a Japanese-American history month.
a Chinese-American history month.
a Jewish-American history month.
a Mexican-American history month.
an Indian-American history month.
an American-Indian history month.
a Russian-American history month.
a Canadian-American history month.
a French-American history month.
an Arab-American history month.
an Irish-American history month.
a Jewish-American history month.


I forget, how many months are there?
28 posted on 12/15/2005 6:32:30 PM PST by adorno
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To: Gay State Conservative
Black history is American history.

True enough. But there is a school of thought among black radicals that attributes all American progress to the labor of black slaves. Hope Mr. Freeman is not one of its adherents.

29 posted on 12/15/2005 6:45:31 PM PST by luvbach1 (Near the belly of the beast in San Diego)
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To: Angry Republican
Morgan Freeman is an American....who just happens to be black.
A credit to Americans.
30 posted on 12/15/2005 6:51:35 PM PST by BIGLOOK (I once opposed keelhauling but recently have come to my senses.)
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To: libertyman
Wouldn't you say that having Black History Month, etc. continues the "seperate-but-equal" mentality that the so-called black leadership says it opposes?

I don't think so. I think it continues the mentality of victimhood and "we're special".

31 posted on 12/15/2005 6:59:07 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: adorno

Any particular reason you left out the Uruguayan-American month?


32 posted on 12/15/2005 7:02:11 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: Izzy Dunne
Any particular reason you left out the Uruguayan-American month?

What color or religion or country are they?
33 posted on 12/15/2005 7:18:08 PM PST by adorno
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To: Angry Republican

Can I apply for minority scholarships now?


34 posted on 12/15/2005 7:20:10 PM PST by stocksthatgoup (Polls = Proof that when the MSM want your opinion it will give it to you.)
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To: Txsleuth

My district is adjacent to Debbie's, so I get to see a lot of her. For a House freshman she's become quite the media whore...


35 posted on 12/15/2005 7:22:51 PM PST by clintonh8r (If you don't support the mission you don't support the troops. Period.)
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To: clintonh8r

Oh, yeah....on 2 or 3 nights a week, she and Kendrick Meek and Rep. Ryan will be on the House floor for at least an hour, maybe more...just rattling on and on about the war, and everything else they think that Bush is wrong about...

I, too, find it odd that a freshman representative would take such a high profile "position"...but, she is probably making everyone sick of listening to her...so maybe she won't get reelected..


36 posted on 12/15/2005 7:26:05 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Angry Republican

Morgan Freeman bump!

He's one of my favorite actors.


37 posted on 12/15/2005 8:23:05 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Angry Republican

I've had a lot of respect for hime for some time now. He always seems to have a bit of 'common sense' about him in interviews. I recall one interview where he stated that he lived and had his restaurant in MS because he ran across a lot less racism there than he did in NYC or LA.


38 posted on 12/15/2005 8:45:38 PM PST by tarawa
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My respect for Freeman declined when he narrated Effin' Kerry's 2004 Vietnam background.

Other than that he's a fine actor/person.

39 posted on 12/15/2005 8:48:52 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (None genuine without my signature)
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To: Angry Republican

Now I am certain that I like this guy. What he says is so completely right on! I commend Morgan Freeman, truly.


40 posted on 12/15/2005 8:54:03 PM PST by MillerCreek
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To: Angry Republican

41 posted on 12/15/2005 9:39:16 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Morgan Freeman.)
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To: Angry Republican

He's very right on this.


42 posted on 12/15/2005 11:38:48 PM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: Angry Republican
"Black history is American history."

I didn't see much of it in any of my American History classes.

44 posted on 12/16/2005 8:50:00 AM PST by Shade2
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To: digger48
Can we follow up with Black Expo Black Miss America Black Congressional Caucus etc.?

Miss Italia America

Italian American National Caucus

Polish American Caucus

Jewish National Caucus

Irish National Caucus

etc.

45 posted on 12/16/2005 8:56:37 AM PST by Shade2
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To: rocksblues

Morgan Freeman, You're the Man!


46 posted on 12/16/2005 2:46:04 PM PST by sgtyork (jack murtha and the media -- unconditional surrender used to mean the enemy surrendered)
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To: Angry Republican

Is he a Freeper?


47 posted on 12/16/2005 2:47:28 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: chasio649

Or Kanye West.


48 posted on 12/16/2005 11:08:08 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: Pharmboy

His campaign contributions found on a Google search:

http://www.newsmeat.com/celebrity_political_donations/Morgan_Freeman.php


49 posted on 12/16/2005 11:10:19 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Whoops...sounds more like a DUer. Thanks for bringing me back to reality.


50 posted on 12/17/2005 4:04:39 AM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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