1. Headline
  1. Headline
Image: Freeman
Nasser Younes  /  AFP/Getty Images
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."
updated 12/15/2005 5:44:22 PM ET 2005-12-15T22:44:22

Morgan Freeman says the concept of a month dedicated to black history is "ridiculous."

"You're going to relegate my history to a month?" the 68-year-old actor says in an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" to air Sunday (7 p.m. EST). "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history."

Black History Month has roots in historian Carter G. Woodson's Negro History Week, which he designated in 1926 as the second week in February to mark the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Woodson said he hoped the week could one day be eliminated — when black history would become fundamental to American history.

Freeman notes there is no "white history month," and says the only way to get rid of racism is to "stop talking about it."

The actor says he believes the labels "black" and "white" are an obstacle to beating racism.

"I am going to stop calling you a white man and I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man," Freeman says.

Freeman received Oscar nominations for his roles in 1987's "Street Smart," 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy" and 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption." He finally won earlier this year for "Million Dollar Baby."

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

More on TODAY.com

  1. Who made Consumers Reports 2014 'Naughty & Nice' List?

    Some companies take good care of their customers; others fall way short of expectations. Consumer Reports’ fifth annual Naughty & Nice List is designed to give a shout out to those that merit cheers and point out those that deserve jeers.

    11/24/2014 1:00:24 PM +00:00 2014-11-24T13:00:24
  1. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    Swift went crazy and Selena cried: The 6 best moments of the AMAs

    11/24/2014 1:16:09 PM +00:00 2014-11-24T13:16:09
  1. Getty Images file

    Katy Perry to star in Super Bowl XLIX halftime show: Here's what to expect

    11/24/2014 12:08:47 PM +00:00 2014-11-24T12:08:47
  1. Saudi national detained at Fort Sam Houston

    video On Sunday an unidentified manran a gate at the U.S. Army post in San Antonio, Texas, and was stopped by security. Explosive materials were reportedly found in his car. NBC Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski reports.

    11/24/2014 12:19:58 PM +00:00 2014-11-24T12:19:58