While promoting his hit show “Through The Wormhole,” actor Morgan Freeman sat down with CNN’s Don Lemon to discuss race and success in America. When Lemon asked Freeman if he thought race plays a part in income inequality, Morgan Freeman said, “Today, no I don’t.” “You and I, we’re proof,” Freeman said pointing at himself and Lemon. “Why would race have anything to do with it? Stick your mind to what you want to do and go for that. It’s kind of like religion to me. It’s a good excuse for not getting there.”
Don Lemon also lamented about having to talk about race seemingly “every single day” on his CNN show. “Sometimes I get so tired of talking about it I want to just go, ‘this is over, can we move on?'”
“And if you talk about it, it exists,” Freeman responded. “Making it a bigger issue than it needs to be is a problem we have.”
This isn’t the first time Morgan Freeman has suggested that Americans should just stop talking about race. In a 2008 60 Minutes interview, Freeman said “I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American History. ”
And when Mike Wallace asked how we would get rid of racism, Freeman said we have to “Stop talking about it.”
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