Saturday, February 5, 2011

Understanding Morgan Freeman on Black History Month

Morgan Freeman's misunderstood and misused "I don't want a Black History Month" quote during an interview with Morley Safer on 60 Minutes is begging for clarification. Let's break down his six statements which, in context, show clearly that what he's really saying is not that Black History Month is not useful, but that Black History is all-encompassing and should be considered normative rather than marginal.

1.    "I don't want a Black History Month."
2.    "You're going to relegate my history to a month?"
3.    "Which month is White History Month? When is Jewish History Month?"
4.    [on Racism]. "Stop talking about it."
5.    "I'm going to stop calling you a 'white man'. I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a 'black man'."
6.    "Black history is American history."

First, here's the video: