Freeman slams Black History Month

Freeman slams Black History Month

There are 9 comments on the BBC story from Dec 16, 2005, titled Freeman slams Black History Month. In it, BBC reports that:

Freeman was interviewed as part of a profile on CBS's 60 Minutes Actor Morgan Freeman has dismissed America's Black History Month, held annually to mark the contribution of black people, as "ridiculous". ...

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agroova73

Since: Dec 05

Houston, TX

#1 Dec 19, 2005
I somewhat disagree with Mr. Freeman on this matter. It is my belief that until America,(in whole) accepts the fact that Black history is America's history we should have some kind of time period set aside to teach not just young black America, but young latin and anglo America about this history. It is also my belief that every state should incorporate into their textbooks the histories of all revelant Minority Heroes.

Bobby

Houston
Ameriao5

United States

#2 Dec 21, 2005
agroova73 wrote:
I somewhat disagree with Mr. Freeman on this matter. It is my belief that until America,(in whole) accepts the fact that Black history is America's history we should have some kind of time period set aside to teach not just young black America, but young latin and anglo America about this history. It is also my belief that every state should incorporate into their textbooks the histories of all revelant Minority Heroes.

Bobby

Houston
I personally believe people are segregating themselves by just not being "Americans". My grandfather arrived from Sweden not speaking any english, he learned it! He also worked as a garbage collector and lived within his means and raised his family without any type of welfare. I think people need to spend more time learning what our constitution says and become united as American citizens. I don't call myself an Swedish American. I am in America, I am an American. I applaud Morgan Freeman, that is the way of thinking that will unite us as one people free of hate and prejudice once and for all. God bless America!!!
DJ
etbowden3

Since: Dec 05

Boca Raton, FL

#3 Dec 21, 2005
I AGREE WITH MR.FREEMAN 100%. I BELIEVE THAT OUR HISTORY SHOULD BE A PART OF AMERICAN HISTORY NOT SEPARATE.I AM A BLACK WOMAN AND I LIVE IN MISSISSIPPI. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE DAY WHEN WE BLEND IN AND TRULY BECOME AMERICANS. I DON'T WANT A SEPARATE HISTORY BOOK,I WANT A BIGGER AMERICAN HISTORY BOOK,THAT INCLUDE EVERY RACE AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THIS COUNTRY. I DID'NT LIKE THE MISS BLACK AMERICA PAGEANT, BECAUSE I KNEW OUR GIRLS WERE AS BEAUTIFUL AND AS SMART, I LOVED IT WHEN WE WERE APART OF THE MISS AMERICA PAGEANT,BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WE ARE,AMERICANS.I BELIEVE THAT BY PROCLAIMING BLACK THIS AND BLACK THAT, WE FURTHER SEPARATE OURSELVES AND IT PREVENTING US FROM BEING AMERICANS,WHICH IS WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING TO BE. I DON'T WANT TO BE A BLACK AMERICAN.I WANT TO BE AN AMERICAN,LIKE ALL THE OTHER RACES IN THIS COUNTRY,BUT NEVER FORGET MY ROOTS AND THE STRUGGLES AND SACRIFICES THAT WERE MADE FOR ME TO BE AN AMERICAN, NOT A BLACK AMERICAN.
OurEmpowermentCo m

Since: Dec 05

France

#4 Dec 22, 2005
[quote]Morgan Freeman thinks the whole idea of a month for black history is “ridiculous.” The African American actor tells Mike Wallace he is against a special month because it separates black history from American history and is part of a labeling process that abets racism.[/quote]

See what the broader media chooses to pull out of the interview and exploit?

Nevertheless, assuming he did make the statement, I will address it in this way. Although African American History is a part of American history, so too is American history a part of the History of Man, but I don't hear him calling American history "ridiculous" in that context.

I believe what Mr. Freeman deeply sees as ridiculous, is the very fact that those who control the recording and dissemination of American History have systemically choosen not to recognize the historic (meaningful past) contributions of African Americans, and as such have had to subscribe to African American week (later changed to month) in order to pay tribute to said contributions.

I believe Mr. Freeman would want to see American Black history, American Black people, and American Black culture all respectfully woven into the American fabric.

However, until that time, it is no more silly, foolish, or ridiculous to have African American History Month as it is to have American History.
OurEmpowermentCo m

Since: Dec 05

France

#5 Dec 22, 2005
[quote]The 68-year-old called for an end to the use of the words "black" and "white".

He said: "I am going to stop calling you a white man and I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.[/quote]

Why even separate himself by gender, or even by species (human)?

The reason why we do what we do is because we were socialized that way. If America wasn't hateful in so many ways it would not see the difference as resons to separate but as motivations to get together.

Good luck Freeman (or should I say Freebeing).
OurEmpowermentCo m

Since: Dec 05

France

#6 Dec 22, 2005
etbowden3 wrote:
I AGREE WITH MR.FREEMAN 100%. I BELIEVE THAT OUR HISTORY SHOULD BE A PART OF AMERICAN HISTORY NOT SEPARATE.I AM A BLACK WOMAN AND I LIVE IN MISSISSIPPI. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE DAY WHEN WE BLEND IN AND TRULY BECOME AMERICANS. I DON'T WANT A SEPARATE HISTORY BOOK,I WANT A BIGGER AMERICAN HISTORY BOOK,THAT INCLUDE EVERY RACE AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THIS COUNTRY. I DID'NT LIKE THE MISS BLACK AMERICA PAGEANT, BECAUSE I KNEW OUR GIRLS WERE AS BEAUTIFUL AND AS SMART, I LOVED IT WHEN WE WERE APART OF THE MISS AMERICA PAGEANT,BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WE ARE,AMERICANS.I BELIEVE THAT BY PROCLAIMING BLACK THIS AND BLACK THAT, WE FURTHER SEPARATE OURSELVES AND IT PREVENTING US FROM BEING AMERICANS,WHICH IS WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING TO BE. I DON'T WANT TO BE A BLACK AMERICAN.I WANT TO BE AN AMERICAN,LIKE ALL THE OTHER RACES IN THIS COUNTRY,BUT NEVER FORGET MY ROOTS AND THE STRUGGLES AND SACRIFICES THAT WERE MADE FOR ME TO BE AN AMERICAN, NOT A BLACK AMERICAN.
If you agree "100%", why would you call yourself "a Black woman"?

If you don't want to be called Black, then it would be wrong of you to use the term "us" when referring to Black folk. Is that really what you want to do? Think about it.
Robert89

Since: Dec 05

Lakewood, CA

#7 Dec 25, 2005
Would Mike Wallace ask Steven Spileberg about jewish history? No, why because he is a filmmaker, not a historian. Mike Wallace would foucus on his filmaking credits not history. I do not know why African American actors comment on political and social issues they have no understanding of. I wish Morgan Freeman would use his wealth for getting African American History into the mainstream instead of resturants and Revelations entertainment for tax write-offs and supporting his so called freeloading friends.
novice2

Anchorage, AK

#8 Mar 4, 2006
I believe the reason she commented on her racial background was for posterity. As you know, people judge comments differently given the contexts and speaker it was spoken by. If President Bush recited Nelly's lyrics, the ridicule would be unfathomable. Yet, Nelly receives millions of dollars for them. I hate to admitt it, but society as a whole has come to the point where a comment will be taken differently based upon the quoter's race.
OurEmpowermentCom wrote:
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If you agree "100%", why would you call yourself "a Black woman"?

If you don't want to be called Black, then it would be wrong of you to use the term "us" when referring to Black folk. Is that really what you want to do? Think about it.
Matt Cole

San Francisco, CA

#9 Mar 4, 2006
HOOORAYYYYYYYYYYY!!! Way to go Mr. Freeman. Finally someone speaking some sense out of Hollywood!!! It is ALL American history!

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