I’m glad others are saying it…

Freeman slams Black History Month | BBC NEWS | Entertainment

Actor Morgan Freeman has dismissed America’s Black History Month, held annually to mark the contribution of black people, as “ridiculous”.

I don’t want a black history month. You’re going to relegate my history to a month?

I think the article’s title is a bit sensationalist, but I’ve felt this way ever since I was first told about it in elementary school, the look on my teacher’s face seeming to say, “See, there is something for you people.” Comedians have gotten a lot of mileage out of the “shortest month” joke, and it’s taken years for other months to get assigned to various groups, minorities and cultures — some of which overlap others which is just confusing.

I’m not sure I believe that the only way to end racism is to stop talking about it, but then I think about my father when I was growing up and nearly every story about people in his office had to be prefaced by telling me the race of the person involved. Much like recurring characters on a comedy show bring the viewers’ assumptions to later sketches, telling someone it was a “white guy” or a “brother” is supposed to make the listener do the same.

A few holidays ago, my brother did the same thing when talking about a restaurant manager that was rude with him and inside I’m thinking, “maybe it wasn’t a race thing, maybe he was just an asshole.” With my friends, it’s more hit and miss, unless they’re talking about seeing a movie at Union Station…

[at that point I ask myself not whether the race of the loud person mattered, but why the heck you’d go to that theater if you didn’t want your movie experience interrupted 😉 ]

I don’t normally watch 60 Minutes, but I might try to catch this interview.

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