Morgan Freeman said he believes the phrases Black History Month and ‘African-American’ are insulting.
The 85-year-old Hollywood legend has played Nelson Mandela, the US president three times and God in his impressive haul of 117 films.
But off the screen he gave a rare interview this week where he spoke candidly about his personal beliefs.
He believes Black History Month – which takes place every February and celebrates the cultural achievement of black people – is insulting because it relegates the entire of his heritage to a month.
He says: “Two things I can say publicly that I do not like: Black History Month is an insult. You’re going to relegate my history to a month?”
The Shawshank Redemption star also claims the phrase ‘African-American’ is misused and doesn’t think it fits him.
He added to the Sunday Times : “‘African-American’ is an insult. I don’t subscribe to that title.
“Black people have had different titles all the way back to then-word and I do not know how these things get such a grip, but everyone uses ‘African-American’. What does it really mean?
“Most black people in this part of the world are mongrels. And you say Africa as if it’s a country when it’s a continent, like Europe.”
Last month Freeman was seen wearing a black glove on his hand at this year’s Academy Awards – and it’s all due to a devastating accident.
He came on stage with The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie at the the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles to mark 100 years of Warner Bros.
Addressing his role in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and Robbie’s most recent character, he joked about “The Dark Night’s Lucius Fox hanging out with the incomparable Barbie”.
Some Oscars viewers noticed Freeman’s elbow-length glove – with many not knowing that he was the victim of a devastating accident back in 2008.
Freeman has been forced to wear the compression glove on and off for nearly 15 years, but it’s rarely seen during his movies and he usually take it off for promotional photos and videos.
He was lucky to survive after his vehicle rolled over multiple times after coming off a Mississippi highway and landed in a ditch.
Freeman, who had been driving during the terrifying ordeal, was conscious and talking at the scene before being airlifted to hospital with his passenger.
The American broke his left shoulder, arm and elbow in the accidents and doctors operated for four hours to repair nerve damage.
While he recovered from his injuries, he was left with a relatively useless left hand and constant pain due to the chronic muscular condition fibromyalgia.
“I suffered nerve damage and it hasn’t gotten better. I can’t move it,” he explained at the time. “If you don’t move your hand, it will swell up. Do you know you move your hand about a million times a day?”
Freeman must now wear the compression glove to keep the blood flowing and was left in “excruciating” agony.
Despite his mishap, he is carrying on acting with his most recent movie being a thriller called The Ritual Killer, where he plays Professor Mackles, an anthropologist who helps a detective track down a serial killer.
Here I thought I was going to read about his thoughts & feelings towards the ‘woke’ and somewhere the writer decided to change the story but not the title.
I didn’t realize that this was going to be about an accident Mr. Freeman had 15 years ago. Very poorly written article !