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Morgan Freeman Says The Terms ‘Black History Month’ And ‘African American’ Are Insulting To Use

Morgan Freeman Says The Terms ‘Black History Month’ And ‘African American’ Are Insulting To Use
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During an interview with The Sunday Times, the Gone Baby Gone actor, 85, said there was no Black representation in movies when he was growing up, according to The Hollywood Reporter

“When I was growing up there was no ‘me’ in the movies,” he said. “If there was a Black man in a movie he was funny. Until Sidney Poitier came and gave young people like me the idea that, ‘OK, yes, I can do that.’”

Throughout his long-standing career, Freeman has never shied away from talking about political issues and the racial climate in America. 

The Memphis native told the Times it was an “insult” to celebrate Black History Month just once every year: “Two things I can say publicly that I do not like. Black History Month is an insult. You’re going to relegate my history to a month?”

He continued, “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. And you say Africa as if it’s a country when it’s a continent, like Europe.” 

Freeman also questioned why the term “African American” is used when other people describe Americans by using the country they’re initially from, such as “Italian-American” or “Irish American,” The Independent reported. 

The Oscar-winning actor has starred in several box office hits, including Million Dollar Baby, The Shawshank Redemption, Invictus and Driving Miss Daisyto name a few.

He recently starred alongside Florence Pugh in A Good Person, directed by Zach Braff.





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