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Black History Month ‘Ridiculous’

 

There aren’t many people in Hollywood who could call Black History Month ‘ridiculous’ without receiving a ton of hate mail, but that’s exactly what Morgan Freeman did back in 2005 – and he managed to back up his controversial words with some very thought-provoking ideas about racial equality.

The Hollywood legend was being interviewed by Mike Wallace for CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ news magazine program when he was asked his opinion on the concept of Black History Month. But Morgan Freeman-  arguably one of the greatest and most respected black actors of all time-  wasn’t playing ball.

After branding the idea ‘ridiculous’, Freeman asks a pretty good rhetorical question: “What- you’re going to relegate my history to a month?”

Wallace doesn’t know what to make of this comment, but Freeman’s not done with him yet.

“What do you do with yours?” the actor asks his host, getting more pissed by the minute with Wallace’s line of questioning. “Which month is White History Month?” he demands. “Come on, tell me.”

Wallace replies that he’s Jewish, to which Freeman hits back: “Ok. Which month is Jewish History Month?” Wallace is forced to admit there isn’t one, and he tells Freeman he wouldn’t really want that kind of commemoration anyway.

“I don’t either,” Freeman tells him matter-of-factly. I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.”

High-five!
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Wallace replies that he’s Jewish, to which Freeman hits back: “Ok. Which month is Jewish History Month?” Wallace is forced to admit there isn’t one, and he tells Freeman he wouldn’t really want that kind of commemoration anyway.

“I don’t either,” Freeman tells him matter-of-factly. I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.”

 

Anytime someone calls Black History Month ridiculous, they’re met with immediate backlash (as they should).

Carter G. Woodson

Carter G. Woodson

“You’re going to relegate my history to a month?” the 79-year-old actor said during a “60 Minutes” interview in 2005. “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.”

The Oscar-winning actor’s beliefs reiterate those of historian Carter G. Woodson, also known as the “Father of Black History Month.”

Woodson dedicated his career to making sure African-American history was taught and studied after he noticed black people were poorly underrepresented in school lessons and books. In 1915, he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now known as the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) and, 11 years later, created Negro History Week, which eventually expanded to become Black History Month.

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