Thursday, December 29, 2005

Black History Month...

In a recent interview, Morgan Freeman said some things that upset a portion of the Black community --but made me respect him even more...

"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". "I don't want a black history month. Black history is 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.(source)


I have said before that I thought the one "good effect" of 9/11 would be a coming together a "Americans" --that we would finally leave the hyphens behind us and concentrate on those trying to kill us regardless of our skin color or ancestry. Sadly, this was only the case for a few weeks and we went right back to the hyphenated-Americans we were pre-9/11.

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