Morgan Freeman is making headlines for his latest comments on race.
In an interview with the British The Sunday Timesthe Oscar-winning actor has made it clear he has issues with the term “African American” and the United States celebrating Black History Month.
“Black History Month is an insult,” Freeman said via People. “Are you going to relegate my story to a month?”
“Also, ‘African American’ is an insult,” he continued. “I do not subscribe to this title. Black people have had different titles since the N-word and I don’t know how these things have such a hold, but everyone uses “African American”.
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Freeman shared more of his thoughts on what he thinks is wrong with being called “African American.”
“What does that really mean?” Most black people in this part of the world are bastards,” he added. “You say Africa as if it were a country when it is a continent, like Europe.”
The reporter referred to an earlier comment by Denzel Washington who said, “I’m very proud to be black, but black isn’t all I am.”
Freeman agreed with the legendary actor’s statement.
“Yes, exactly. I totally agree. You can’t define me that way,” he said.
Freeman, 85, was born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Mississippi. He previously said in an interview with 60 minutes that he finds Black History Month “ridiculous”.
“I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history,” he told late correspondent Mike Wallace. The reporter asked Freeman how the country can get rid of racism and the actor replied, “Stop talking about it.”
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