Morgan Freeman, an American actor, has called Black History Month and the label ‘African-American’ a ‘insult’.
The actor, 85, stated that the yearly event, which takes place every February to highlight black cultural achievement, has a negative connotation for him because it’relegates’ his entire legacy to a single set of four weeks.
He told The Sunday Times: ‘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?’
He also went on to question the true definition of ‘African-American’, which has been used to describe black Americans since the 1700s.
He added: ‘Also “African-American” is an insult. I don’t subscribe to that title. 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? 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.’
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