In an interview with The Sunday Times, Morgan Freeman ripped apart the term “African-American”, and claimed that celebrating Black History Month is an “insult”.
Freeman stated, “I can say two things publicly that I don’t like.”
“Black History Month” is an insult. You’re going to relegate my past to a single month?
“Also, ‘African American’ is insulting.” Freeman said, “I don’t subscribe” to the title.
Freeman stated that he didn’t understand why “African-Americans” had become so popular.
“Black people had many different titles, all the way to the n-word. I don’t know how this thing got so popular but everyone uses the term ‘African American.’ What does it actually mean?” He asked.
Freeman also claimed that “Euro-Americans” are not mentioned when people refer to “Irish-Americans”, “Italian-Americans”, or “Irish-Canadians”.
“You say Africa like it’s an actual country, but it’s actually a continent. Like Europe,” he continued.
Freeman attracted national attention when he criticized Black History Month in the same way as he did in 2005.
The actor claimed that the idea of a Black History Month was “ridiculous” at the time.
You’re going to reduce my history to one month? Freeman was interviewed on CBS’s “60 Minutes”. “I don’t want to have a Black History Month. Black history is American History.”
Freeman said that there is no “White History Month” and the only solution to racism is to “stop talking about it”.
Draymond Green, the star of the Golden State Warriors, also criticized Black History Month in March.
“At some point, it’s time to get rid of Black History Month. Not get rid of Black history, like they’re trying to do. But Black History Month? Nah, teach my history from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, and then do it again. And then again. And then again. And then again. That’s what I’d like to see.”