Claim: Actor Morgan Freeman said that he finds the concept of Black History Month to be “ridiculous.”
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, July 2012]
Is Morgan Freeman quoted as saying he is against Black History Month?
I’ve seen a transcript of a Morgan Freeman interview floating around where he claims the way to stop racism is to stop talking about it, but I’m unsure of its accuracy and its original context, and I was hoping you could give me a hand.
Origins: During a 2005 interview with Mike Wallace for television’s
The following video clip and transcript of that portion of Freeman’s 60 Minutes interview document his remarks on the topic in full:
WALLACE: Black History Month, you find …
FREEMAN: You’re going to relegate my history to a month?
WALLACE: Come on.
FREEMAN: What do you do with yours? Which month is White History Month? Come on, tell me.
WALLACE: I’m Jewish.
FREEMAN: OK. Which month is Jewish History Month?
WALLACE: There isn’t one.
FREEMAN: Why not? Do you want one?
WALLACE: No, no.
FREEMAN: I don’t either. I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
WALLACE: How are we going to get rid of racism until …?
FREEMAN: Stop talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a white man. And I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You’re not going to say, “I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.” Hear what I’m saying?
Last updated: 31 January 2016