Actor Morgan Freeman (one of my absolute favorites) is a wise man.
His recent comments
regarding Black History Month are on point. The purpose of BHM is no longer conducive to people of color and the fight for human equality in our society. It's just a month where black people get to shine a spotlight on themselves and say, "See? We can do it, too!"
The thing is......Of course we can do it too! It's an insult to say you need a month to blow your own horn when you're not handicapped. What? Are black people not expected to make worthy contributions to art, science, theatre, humanity, etc.? Are we not expected to foster the ability to make great accomplishments?
If the United States government hadn't made learning illegal for people of color, for hundreds of years, we would never have been made to feel like we had something to prove. Hence, Black History Month. Black Entertainment Television. Essence. Ebony. Yada, yada, yada. All the skin-color based organizations. Would they be able to run their businesses if you took color out of the equation? If they didn't have that crutch to stand on? Could BET survive as just ET? Entertainment Television? Unfortunately, they probably never want to find out....So, it behooves many to keep the racial distinction alive. Racial inequity lines the pockets of many people.....black and white.
Go Morgan Freeman. We need more wise men such as yourself to shine a light on the fact that most people of color are psychologically crippled. And when you try to take their color-crutches away....they lash out with anger and take great offense because they don't know what else to stand on.
Bottom line. Black History Month = See? We can do it, too!
It truly is ridiculous, Morgan. Thanks for saying it.
Morgan Freeman says in an interview with “60 Minutes” that there is no "white history month," and says the only way to get rid of racism is to "stop talking about it."