02.08.06

Morgan Freeman Condems Black History Month on ’60 Minutes’

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:57 am by Steve

I admire Morgan Freeman very much and I wanted to post this article about an interview he had with Mike Wallace on “60 Minutes”. The bottom line to me is: God created all of us.

Television often celebrates black history month with his films, but Morgan Freeman thinks the whole idea of a month for black history is “ridiculous.” The African American actor tells Mike Wallace he is against a special month because it separates black history from American history and is part of a labeling process that abets racism.
“You’re going to relegate my history to a month,?” Freeman asks Wallace in their discussion of black history month. After noting there is no “white history month,” he says, “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.”
The notion of a special month for black history may be hurting rather than helping efforts for racial equality, believes Freeman. When Wallace wonders that without black history month, racism may be harder to stop and asks, “How are we going to get rid of racism?” Freeman retorts, “Stop talking about it!”
Freeman believes the labels “black” and “white” are an obstacle to beating racism. “I am going to stop calling you a white man and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man,” he says. “I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You wouldn’t say, ‘Well, I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.’ You know what I’m saying?” Freeman asks Wallace.
Freeman, who won his first Oscar for the supporting role he played in
Million Dollar Baby last year, also discusses his acting career and his several Academy Award nominations, his love of sailing, and his more recent hobby, piloting a plane.
“60 Minutes” profiles the Oscar winner on Sunday, Dec. 18, (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.


Also see the article from WorldNetDaily here.

22 Comments »

  1. Backslider said,

    February 9, 2006 at 11:32 am

    Maybe Morgan Freeman is not Black. I read a book in school called “Black like me” where a white man put on some shoe polish and pretended to be black so he could see what it’s like to be black. He experienced all sorts of prejudice during the few days that he was “black”.

    Maybe, just maybe, Mr. Freeman also did this type of experiment with black paint, but somehow the black paint didn’t wear off, and Morgan’s true “White” colors are showing through.

    Now, is this possible? Maybe not, but it’s a good conspiracy theory that I’m sticking with.

    Your new friend, Mr. Backslider from Greece….

  2. Jesus_is_Lord said,

    February 9, 2006 at 12:17 pm

    Oh no, not another conspiracy theory!! Well, you know those Americans living in Greece and how they can be… 🙂
    OK, just joking.
    I have always like Mr. Freeman. He is a talented actor and has kept himself aloft from the typical Hollywood rabble by selection roles with some depth and moral character to them. Yet, he’s also not afaid to take on the lighter roles as well and does just as wonderful a job with those.
    Not to use a cliché, but I always try to see people through God’s eyes. I truly believe God doesn’t see color in us. Of course He’s aware of what color our skin are; He made us, but I know it just doesn’t matter to Him. What does matter is “do we believe in Jesus or not”.
    But back to Mr. Freeman. I wonder what would happen if the country decided to follow his advice?
    God Bless You!!

  3. TruthSeeker from Greece said,

    February 10, 2006 at 4:21 am

    Yeah, I know. I was sort of kidding you know. But, really I’ve heard from some of my black friends that Jesus actually was black because of where he was born, his skin color may have been similar to dark Arabian people.

    Now, I’m not going to say I agree with Rev Al Sharpton who was quoted in the book, “Democrats do the dumbest things”:

    Rev Sharpton said

    “White folks was in caves while we was building empires. We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it”

    Just curious to get your take on this. Also, what in general do you think of Rev Sharpton and Rev Jessie Jackson. To be honest with you, I don’t even know if these men have a church? But, then again, maybe they are lay preachers?

    So, talk to you later Jesus….. (Should I call you Jesus? Sounds kinda weird actually…) as I’m not really calling you the real “Jesus” you know.

  4. Jesus_is_Lord said,

    February 10, 2006 at 8:11 am

    You may call me J.i.L. if you like. I choose the Moniker “Jesus_is_Lord” not as a name but as a Testimony of my Love and Devotion to my Lord, Jesus Christ. I agree that having someone address me, as “Jesus” is not what I had in mind. Just use J.i.L. It’s shorter and easier to type then “Jesus is Lord” or “Jesus_is_Lord”.
    I think that if you will look at pictures of the typical Israeli you can get an idea of what Jesus probably looked like. I wouldn’t think that he was “black” like the sub-Saharan Africans are, but he was probably not “white” as the traditional paintings (many of which originated in Europe during the Middle Ages) show him. In the overall scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter in the least. God sees us not as “black” or “white” but as “redeemed” or “lost”.
    I’m afraid that both Biblically and politically, I often do not agree with the positions taken by Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton. I believe that a lot of times, their rhetoric divides people instead of encouraging them to dialog.
    It does get wearying to the average white person to be called a “racist” just because we are white, middle aged, and males. We are accused of owning everything and being in control of everything. I certainly don’t and am not. I live from paycheck to paycheck just like many Americans of all colors. I work long hours and work hard, also just like many Americans.
    There are always going to idiots who have to play the “race card”, on both sides of the issue. My direction comes from God. Color is irrelevant. It is what is in your heart that matters.
    God Bless!!

  5. GREENINIL said,

    February 8, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Do you know if Morgan Freeman is a Christian. I looked him up on wikipedia but saw no reference to him being a man of faith. I just saw the movie “Bucket List” tonight and there was lot’s of spiritual discussion in that movie.

  6. Steve said,

    February 9, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Greeninil,
    I’m not one hundred percent certain, but I believe that he is Christian.

  7. Hayley said,

    February 10, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Hi I too was trying to find out if Morgan Freeman is a Christian, which is how I ended up on here. It has been interesting reading all this. If anyone does find out for definate ( about M Freeman) I would love to know! Thanks. ( Great blog!!)

  8. Somebody said,

    July 1, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    he is not Christian…go to see the movie “Wanted”…I think everyone in the movie NON-CHRISTIAN…hahahahaha…and we, Athiest won…

  9. Jay said,

    August 4, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Hey… funny thing is that Im trying to find out if he is a Christian too… and that is why I am here. By his fruit… it looks like he is one, or at least about to be one 🙂 Lets pray for him as he recovers. God is planning on using him in a great way.

  10. Jay said,

    August 4, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Oh… and I whole hearteldy agree with what he said in the interview. That is my view… when i deal with people, its not about the black people or the white people… its simply about the people. Its about the students I teach, about the people I minister to. More than any race or color… its about the God who created us.

  11. Steve said,

    August 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Jay,
    Thanks for the comment. Yes, we need to pray for Mr. Freeman.
    I’ll post about this in a sec.

  12. Greg P said,

    August 5, 2008 at 10:03 am

    “White folks was in caves while we was building empires.”

    If Al Sharpton was building empires he should have been in English class! How does someone like Sharpton expect to be taken seriously when he can’t even put second grade grammar structure on his speech? He embarrasses the African American people and just prolongs and adds fuel to the unwarranted stereotype.

  13. Steve said,

    August 6, 2008 at 6:27 am

    Greg P,
    I can’t agree with you more.

  14. Anonymous said,

    November 28, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    To those people asking if Morgan Freeman is a Christian:

    He seems to be. If you go to the Wikipedia page on him, you can see at the very bottom in the categories section that he is listed as “American Christian.” Granted, Wikipedia may be far from a definitive source, but I would agree with Jay that Mr. Freeman’s “fruit” seems to support it. 🙂

  15. andrew said,

    June 17, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Hey guys

    I was talking to this guy at my church who has a film production company and he is partnering up with Morgan Freeman’s ‘Revelations’ production company. So, I asked him if Mr. Freeman is a believer and he said yes, and will possibly be coming to church with him sometime when he visits him in South Africa. Weird to think of Mr. Freeman sitting in our humble little church in a seaside town in South Africa..lol:-)

  16. Matt G said,

    December 3, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    perhaps this Tangle video is another piece of evidence.. http://www.tangle.com/view_video?viewkey=00bc81df73967ed41715

  17. Steve said,

    December 4, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Matt,
    Thanks for sharing!!

  18. Kadee said,

    January 23, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    From the roles he plays, I would say that Morgan Freeman is a man of faith; he portrayed God in the comedies ‘Bruce Almighty’ and ‘Evan Almighty’. ‘The Bucket List’ was a spiritual film. But then again, Mr. Freeman is a man who does many diverse roles, so I would say he probably doesn’t choose his roles based on whether or not he’s a lot like them. I’m not sure, though. Whichever, God has certainly blessed this man with an incredible gift.

  19. bob said,

    July 8, 2010 at 3:31 am

    From his own mouth, he is not a “man of god”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0YpI8xvdFM

  20. Steve said,

    July 9, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Bob,
    Thanks for the link. Regrettable statement from Freeman, but not unexpected from a Hollywood type.

  21. Bob said,

    April 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Morgan says he is not a man of God, he is a man of faith. What’s the difference? Well, only Morgan knows what he’s trying to differentiate there. He offers a bit of an explanation, but I’m still not sure what he’s trying to say.

  22. John said,

    August 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Bob,

    He is not a man of “faith” in that sense, what he meant by that was that he has faith in Science and if it can not be proved using Science it is untrue until Science proves it. He is a self proclaimed atheist. 🙂

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