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Old 12-16-2005, 09:05 AM   #1
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Morgan Freeman Criticizes Black History Month

I will wait to see the interview so I can get the whole context, but this is a thought provoking perspective. I don't know what to think about it, is talking about "black" and "white" and "black history" inherently perpetuating racism? I definitely agree with him that black history IS American history, and a month certainly doesn't do it justice.

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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."
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Interesting. I like Morgan Freeman
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He has valid points. I too also Think Mr.Freeman is a great actor.
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Re: Morgan Freeman Criticizes Black History Month

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The actor says he believes the labels "black" and "white" are an obstacle to beating racism.
There is a deep wisdom in this statement.
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There is a deep wisdom in this statement.
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Morgan Freeman is the man.
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I think this might be a rerun, sorry . I vaguely recall seeing a story about him on TV over the summer- he went back to where he was born, I think he still lives there actually. I believe it was Tennessee, and they showed him in a jazz club he owns there in Memphis. I don't remember that part of the interview where he talked about racism.


Maybe I am just confused, I don't know
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No it's not a rerun, Wolf Blitzer was just talking about it.
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of course w/ football you never know when 60 Minutes will actually be on
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Re: Morgan Freeman Criticizes Black History Month

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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.
I agree completely. The labels don't do justice to the diversity on either side.

Last year in my business management class we had a man come and speak on encouraging diversity in the work force. The man looked "black" and at the end of his presentation he asked us what race we thought he was an everyone said African America. He was actually Native American and something else...I can't remember what....but his point was that we all labeled him "black" when neither part of him was African American.
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as it so happens the other 11 months are white history months
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Morgan Freeman rocks.
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as it so happens the other 11 months are white history months
Actually, if you sit in most high school classrooms today you'll find this not to be the case. I don't "do" black history month or women's history month because I don't ignore these groups on a daily basis.

As an educator, I agree with Mr. Freeman.
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I like Morgan Freeman. I would love to have a conversation with him.
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I like Morgan Freeman and I really think he's on to something here. He makes some excellent points. One big reason why we haven't beaten racism yet is that what we're doing about it really is not that effective. We need to change, and this is where ideas like this come in.
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