Morgan Freeman: It’s An Insult To Be Called African-American

  • I mention a television interview with Morgan Freeman in 2005, in which he said the only way to get rid of racism was to stop talking about it. “I’m going to stop calling you a white man,” he told the white host, “and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.” I ask if he still feels the same.
  • “Two things I can say publicly that I do not like,” he begins, a rare moment when he raises his voice. “Black History Month is an insult. You’re going to relegate my history to a month?”
  • “Also ‘African-American’ is an insult. I don’t subscribe to that title. Black people have had different titles all the way back to the n-word and I do not know how these things get such a grip, but everyone uses ‘African-American’. What does it really mean? Most black people in this part of the world are mongrels.”
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