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Morgan Freeman Has A Message For Those Who Call Him ‘African-American’

At the age of 85, iconic actor Morgan Freeman has portrayed just about any type of character imaginable. But through it all, he remains true to himself.

That was apparent in a recent interview when he had no problem differentiating himself from those (primarily on the left) who seek to impose their views of race onto him.

As TheBlaze reported:

“Two things I can say publicly that I do not like: Black History Month is an insult,” Freeman declared. “You’re going to relegate my history to a month?”

The “Shawshank Redemption” actor added that the term “African-American” is an “insult.”

“I don’t subscribe to that title,” he said. “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?”

He said black people come from a variety of countries across the world and not just the continent of Africa. He reasoned that Irish-Americans and Italian-Americans are not called Euro-Americans.

Social media users shared their thoughts about his remarks:

His latest comments came nearly two decades after he shared a similar assessment.

According to the Washington Examiner:

In 2005, Freeman had explained to a 60 Minutes host that he opposed the celebration of Black History Month because “Black history is American history.”

“Stop talking about it … 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 said to host Mike Wallace.

The 85-year-old actor was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1937 during segregation. He described in the interview that he knew he wanted to be an actor at the age of 13 but only made it big in Hollywood at the age of 52. Freeman also acknowledges that America has changed for the better with the lifting of the Hays Code, the censorship list for films.

Here’s a clip of his 2005 interview with Mike Wallace:


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