Actor Morgan Freeman tore apart the term “African-American” and argued that the celebration of Black History Month was an “insult” during an interview with The Sunday Times over the weekend.
“Two things I can say publicly that I do not like,” Freeman said.
“Black History Month is an insult. You’re going to relegate my history to a month?”
“Also ‘African-American’ is an insult. I don’t subscribe to that title,” Freeman added.
Freeman said that he did not understand why the term “African-American” has become so prominent.
“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?” he asked.
Freeman also argued that people talk about “Irish-Americans” and “Italian-Americans,” but not “Euro-Americans.”
“And you say Africa as if it’s a country when it’s a continent, like Europe,” he added.
Freeman drew national attention in 2005 when he similarly criticized Black History Month.
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