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Class Act Award: Morgan Freeman

I’m in a blogging mood today! I might set a personal blogging record if I don’t quit seeing things that interest me. This one goes out to Mr. Morgan Freeman.

My aunt posted a picture online of Morgan Freeman. Under the picture was the text of an interview Mr. Freeman did with CBS. This interview discussed his opinion of black history month. First, watch the video:

If you didn’t (or couldn’t) watch the video (above), here is the transcript:

MIKE WALLACE, CBS`s “60 MINUTES”: Black History Month, you find…

MORGAN FREEMAN, ACTOR: Ridiculous.

WALLACE: Why?

FREEMAN: You`re going to relegate my history to a month?

WALLACE: Come on.

FREEMAN: What do you do with yours? Which month is White History Month? Come on, tell me.

WALLACE: I`m Jewish.

FREEMAN: OK. Which month is Jewish History Month?

WALLACE: There isn`t one.

FREEMAN: Why not? Do you want one?

WALLACE: No, no.

FREEMAN: I don`t either. I don`t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.

WALLACE: How are we going to get rid of racism until…?

FREEMAN: Stop talking about it. I`m going to stop calling you a white man. And I`m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You`re not going to say, “I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.” Hear what I`m saying?

Mr. Freeman vocalized everything I believe in this short interview. By forcing the public, particularly school children, to focus on black history for a single month through the year, it is teaching them that history involving black American’s should be separated from what is considered “normal American history.” I might be mistaken, but I’m pretty sure that we ended the whole “separate but equal” thing.

I’ve long been an advocate of the elimination of black history month. The history being taught should be included in the natural course of the history of the United States. To do anything else at this point in time is to encourage continued segregation of our citizens. In fact, the man who founded Negro History Week, which later became Black History Month, Carter Woodson, even believed that the celebration would, and should, come to an end as black history was incorporated into American history.

It reminds me of something I heard a long time ago. I don’t remember who said it, and I’m probably misquoting this, but you’ll get the idea.

No one will win until we stop referring to the color of our skin as a “race.”

Mr. Freeman’s enlightened opinion about this subject, along with his track record of charitable and human rights support leads me to name him an official Class Act.

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