Legendary actor Morgan Freeman has never been shy to voice his strong disapproval of “Black History Month.”

“I don’t want a black history month,” Freeman opined in 2005, calling the notion “ridiculous.” “Black history is American history.”

Years later, he flatly denied race had anything to do with income inequality. “It’s a good excuse for not getting there.”

Now, the Academy Award-winning actor is reiterating his aversion to the left’s race mania, adding the term “African American” to his list of dislikes.

“Two things I can say publicly that I do not like,” Freeman told The Sunday Times. “Black History Month is an insult. You’re going to relegate my history to a month?”

“Also, ‘African American’ is an insult,” the “Shawshank Redemption” star continued. “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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Freeman’s critique gets to the heart of the left’s drive to divide us based on race. Back in 2005, Freeman promised not to call interviewer Mike Wallace a white man and asked that Wallace in return not call him a black man — such was his answer to, “What are we going to do about racism?” Racism becomes an obvious impossibility for a people who do not see skin color. A society that is obsessed with it, on the other hand, is a prime breeding ground for prejudice.

But the left says that to be color blind — what Freeman advocated for — is actually a form of racism.

“Many sociologists… are extremely critical of color blindness as an ideology,” wrote professor Adia Wingfield for “The Atlantic.” They argue that as the mechanisms that reproduce racial inequality have become more covert and obscure than they were during the era of open, legal segregation, the language of explicit racism has given way to a discourse of color blindness. But they fear that the refusal to take public note of race actually allows people to ignore manifestations of persistent discrimination.”

Yes, according to the left, “explicit racism” has simply evolved into a more genial-sounding “discourse of color blindness.” We must choose to see race, they argue — even though explicit racism also demands choosing to see race.

In reality, explicit racism cannot mask itself as color-blind. Explicit racism
must notice color.

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This is why Morgan Freeman’s proposed antidote is to starve racism of an ingredient vital to its sustenance.

Anti-color-blind ideologues have yet to address the argument that racism quite simply cannot exist in the midst of truly color-blind people. But maybe that’s the point.

Maybe the left
wants us to keep on being divided by shades of melanin, plagued by the prejudices they perpetuate.

They are more than happy to keep us stalled between past and future. To keep us always a “recovering” racist nation; never a “recovered” one.

But after decades of waiting in vain for the progressive left’s promised solution to the problem, people are beginning to wake up.

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Morgan Freeman is not alone in wanting to be liberated from the left’s serial reduction of souls to skin color. Idris Elba recently upset the left’s status quo when he revealed he refuses to call himself a “Black actor.”

“As humans, we are obsessed with race,” the actor said. “And that obsession can really hinder people’s aspirations, hinder people’s growth. Racism should be a topic for discussion, sure. Racism is very real. But from my perspective, it’s only as powerful as you allow it to be. I stopped describing myself as a Black actor when I realized it put me in a box. We’ve got to grow. We’ve got to. Our skin is no more than that: it’s just skin. Rant over.”

But to the left, skin color is so much more than just that, which is why, 18 years later, we still have not heeded Freeman’s advice.

If only we did, we could usher in a new era of unprecedented racial unity. Instead, at the left’s bidding, we will continue to self-divide, destroy, and conquer.

Jakob Fay is a staff writer for the Convention of States Project, a project of Citizens for Self-Governance.

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