Morgan Freeman has some strong opinions about ‘Black History Month’

Actor Morgan Freeman has once again voiced his criticism of Black History Month. In a recent interview with Variety, the 87-year-old actor expressed his strong disapproval of the concept. “I detest it,” Freeman stated. “The mere idea of it. You are going to give me the shortest month in a year? And you are going to celebrate ‘my’ history?! This whole idea makes my teeth itch. It’s not right.”

Freeman emphasized that Black history should be recognized as an integral part of American history. “My history is American history. It’s the one thing in this world I am interested in, beyond making money, having a good time and getting enough sleep,” he explained.

During the interview, Freeman also highlighted the importance of understanding American history. He related this to his upcoming project, “The Gray House,” a film about three women who served as Union spies during the Civil War, for which he is the executive producer. “If you don’t know your past, if you don’t remember it, you are bound to repeat it,” Freeman remarked.

Freeman has previously made similar statements, referring to Black History Month as an “insult.” In 2023, he questioned the term “African-American,” saying, “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?”

Freeman’s critical stance on Black History Month dates back to 2005 when he made headlines by calling the concept “ridiculous.” He argued, “I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.” He also suggested that the best way to combat racism is to “stop talking about it,” urging people to stop labeling each other by race.

Throughout his illustrious career, Freeman has earned numerous accolades, including five Academy Award nominations and a win for “Million Dollar Baby.” He has also been honored with a Kennedy Center Honor and the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

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