Actor Morgan Freeman has a solution to the problem of racism – “Stop talking about it!”
In a CBS News’ 60 Minutes profile of the Oscar-winning actor scheduled to air tonight, Freeman tells Mike Wallace labels like “white” and “black” are an obstacle to defeating 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?”
The actor also criticizes Black History Month, saying setting aside a special month actually segregates black history from American history. Calling the idea “ridiculous,” Freeman notes there’s no “white history month.”
“You’re going to relegate my history to a month?” Freeman asks Wallace. “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history,” he says.
Freeman, who won his first Oscar for his role in “Million Dollar Baby” last year, has starred in numerous films, including “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Unforgiven,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” “Glory” and “Driving Miss Daisy.”