Morgan Freeman: “America’s First Black President Hasn’t Arisen Yet” (Who/What Is Black?)

Morgan Freeman: "America's First Black President Hasn't Arisen Yet" (Who/What Is Black?)

“First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him … they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America… There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet. He’s not America’s first black president — he’s America’s first mixed-race president.”

Always one who speaks freely and frankly, Morgan Freeman talking to NPR earlier today.

The conversation is actually about 18 minutes long, and he talks more than just Obama; he also gets into his career, cinema, and his new movie, The Magic Of Belle Isle, which Tambay saw and reviewed HERE (in short, he didn’t care for it).

I think the above quote is something more to toss into the ongoing discussions we have on S&A about what blackness is, who is black, etc. Granted this isn’t a new argument; others have insisted that Obama not be categorized as a black man, even though I believe he himself has referred to himself as a black man.

Reading his comment, I immediately thought of all the articles that have been written about what Obama has or has not done for black people, suggesting that many obviously think of Obama as a black man, and America’s first black president. 

I also recall other celebrities, like Samuel L. Jackson saying outright that he voted for Obama because he was black, telling Ebony magazine in the March issue this year:

“I voted for Barack because he was black. ’Cuz that’s why other folks vote for other people — because they look like them,” Jackson said. “That’s American politics, pure and simple. [Obama’s] message didn’t mean sh-t to me. In the end, he’s a politician. I just hoped he would do some of what he said he was gonna do.”

It also reminded me of a documentary we posted on the old S&A site titled I’m Bi-racial Not Black Damnit, which obviously caused a bit of a stir, as bi-racial people wrestle with their own identities, versus how the world sees them.

In the interview, he also talks about how much race has been of influence on the characters he’s played over the years.

Listen below:

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Comments

JDC

Obama is NOT our first mixed race president. There were SIX mixed Black Presidents before him:
1) Thomas Jefferson (who older brother was a slave)
2) Andrew Jackson
3) Abraham Lincoln (whose mother was Ethiopian)
4) Warren Harding
5) Calvin Coolidge (whose mother was a European Moor)
6) Dwight David Eisenhower

AllPeople (AP) Gifts

There is actually no such thing as a so-called "Light-Skinned
Black" person … but rather … such individuals and groups
are actually people who are of a 'Multi-Generational
Multiracially-Mixed' (MGM-Mixed) Lineage that some may
have been pressured or encouraged to ignore or downplay.
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4160
.
People of Mixed-Race lineage should NOT feel pressured to
'identify' according to any standards other than one's own.
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4157
.
The legal -application of the racist-'One-Drop Rule'
(ODR) was banned in the U.S. way back in 1967.
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4162
.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/253286018082418/permalink/253341891410164
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4187
.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/253286018082418/permalink/253341281410225
.
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Listed below are related Links of 'the facts' of the histories
of various Mixed-Race populations found within the U.S.:
.
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.
There is no proof that a 'color-based slave hierarchy'
(or that 'color-based social-networks') ever existed
as common entities — within the continental U.S.
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4154
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4153
.
It was the 'Rule of Matriliny (ROM) — [a.k.a. 'The Rule of Partus'
(ROP)] — and NOT the racist-'One-Drop Rule' (ODR) — that was
used to 'create more enslaved people' on the continental U.S.
.
This is because the chattel-slavery system that was
once found on the antebellum-era, continental U.S.
was NOT "color-based" (i.e. "racial") — but rather
— it was actually "mother-based" (i.e. 'matrilineal').
.
http://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/309460495741441
.
There were many ways (and not solely the sexual assault
and sexual exploitation of the women-of-color) in which
'white' lineage entered the familial bloodlines of
enslaved-people found on the continental U.S.
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4238
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4239
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4240
.
An 'Ethnic' category is NOT the
same thing as a "Race" category:
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4236
.
http://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/300777016632181
.
Other Topics:
.
https://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/279223868853420
.
https://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/164203590359746
.
http://www.facebook.com/notes/%C2%ADallpeople-gifts/the-facts-on-m%C2%ADixed-race/321878451159708
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AP Gifts [soaptalk AT hotmail DOT com]

.
There is actually no such thing as a so-called "Light-Skinned
Black" person … but rather … such individuals and groups
are actually people who are of a 'Multi-Generational
Multiracially-Mixed' (MGM-Mixed) Lineage that some may
have been pressured or encouraged to ignore or downplay.
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4160
.
People of Mixed-Race lineage should NOT feel pressured to
'identify' according to any standards other than one's own.
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4157
.
The legal -application of the racist-'One-Drop Rule'
(ODR) was banned in the U.S. way back in 1967.
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4162
.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/253286018082418/permalink/253341891410164
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4187
.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/253286018082418/permalink/253341281410225
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
Listed below are related Links of 'the facts' of the histories
of various Mixed-Race populations found within the U.S.:
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
There is no proof that a 'color-based slave hierarchy'
(or that 'color-based social-networks') ever existed
as common entities — within the continental U.S.
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4154
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4153
.
It was the 'Rule of Matriliny (ROM) — [a.k.a. 'The Rule of Partus'
(ROP)] — and NOT the racist-'One-Drop Rule' (ODR) — that was
used to 'create more enslaved people' on the continental U.S.
.
This is because the chattel-slavery system that was
once found on the antebellum-era, continental U.S.
was NOT "color-based" (i.e. "racial") — but rather
— it was actually "mother-based" (i.e. 'matrilineal').
.
http://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/309460495741441
.
There were many ways (and not solely the sexual assault
and sexual exploitation of the women-of-color) in which
'white' lineage entered the familial bloodlines of
enslaved-people found on the continental U.S.
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4238
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4239
.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4240
.
An 'Ethnic' category is NOT the
same thing as a "Race" category:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4236
.
http://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/300777016632181
.
Other Topics:
.
https://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/279223868853420
.
https://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/164203590359746
.
http://www.facebook.com/notes/%C2%ADallpeople-gifts/the-facts-on-m%C2%ADixed-race/321878451159708
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.

jessica

well, frederick douglas isn't a famous black man who escaped slavery if we use those terms! he's a man of mixed race who escaped slavery and then went on to work for the freedom of black people? in a nation where being of mixed race generally puts you into one group-one group that doesn't necessarily completely accept you as one of them–i think it's almost hurtful to then take away that identifier, and say no, you don't even get to say you're black in passing. you're mixed. is he not 'black' enough by morgan freeman's standards? i'm sure morgan freeman isn't completely african american either, bc he's suspiciously pale if he's trying to claim he has no white relatives. in fact i'd bet money on it

The Prophet Israel

Morgan Freeman, You are speaking Hypithectical. The Black man is not the fault of the White people stealing us, and mating with our people because they had the upper hand. I know that you didn't say that you were smart, you are an Actor, but to be ignorant is weakness. By our captivity, we became ignorant of our beginning. Originally, we were a very Black people, in color. We looked like Samolian people. Many things was done to us to cut us off from our Culture, and color.Now the black men are doing it to themselves, mingling with White women. Working against yourselves, having those strange children.But you are like the rest of us, out of touch. Love you Brother

mike miller

im half and half . and when them racist cops or extremest see me they and saying 'stop You half black muthafucker' there saying 'get that nigger' .
Cant tell me what i am ive already been shown it by society

The Truth

I don't know why people pretend, when it comes to blacks in America, they cannot define them but they can define a more ambiguous looking group like so-called mongoloid/heavily laden European-blooded "Native Americans". Such bullshyt. Most of you idiots know that no real Black person drops from between the legs of a White female and is raised by his biological WHITE grandparents. He's more White than he will ever be Black and the only real Black thing about Obama is his wife. But guess what, she ain't president or running for presidency. Mr. Freeman is right!

chanel linder

You know people are forgetting the most essential fact of all. Pick the person who would be the best candidate. Skin color doesn't matter, its who would be the best president that matters. The persons qualifications should be viewed nothing else. People always want to fixate on things that really have no bearing.

Mario

So by his logic no "black" people exist in American. Next he will say Africans naturally come in all shades light to dark. Hes a bitter closeted rascist with logic very similar to christians
What hes really saying: "obama lied to us so hes not a real black man only white people lie"

ernest pacheco

Obama, like the Democrats & Republicans, are all full of shit who take orders from the elite-RICH PEOPLE! This country spends 739 billion dollars on defense to oppress other peolple & defend the interests of massa. I originally believed that Obama would make a difference & not be like the others before him…But he's no different. He's an ass-kisser who's turned his back on the people who put him in office in hopes of change-the poor! And how has he repaid them…by bailing out Wall St. & the cronies. How disgusting!

Joseph

Unpopular in today's America, but 100% true. Racially true, culturally Obama might identify with his African heritage. But, the fact of the matter is that Obama is 50% white and 50% black.

TiMT

I say to Freeman, stick to making your movies cause kickin' it with someone that can be his grandchild speaks volume about the imbalance within the man. Who gives a shit about what Freeman has to say anyway. Hey, I will watch his movies though. I guess some people are just good at memorizing scripts but in the end they are just as air head and stupid as Donald Trump is.

Fleshman

I wonder if Morgan Freeman has ever heard of the "The one drop rule"
This rule Is under the Racial Integrity Act of 1924. Meaning any person with one drop of black blood was considered black. Why does someone always have to take away the achievements of Black Americans, because of course most of us are not African Americans.

Stephen

His statement sports some truth, even if it's not exactly the message Freeman was trying to convey.

There's a stark difference between a black kid with a white mother, raised in several different regions of the planet, with the support of his white grandparents, and a black kid with both black parents, maybe DIDN'T bounce all over the world, but perhaps grew up in the streets of Harlem, the Bronx, or Watts. Indeed, the first is a far cry even form a Catholic school kid of all-black parentage raised in the Oakland suburbs.

eshowoman

Those magic Negro roles have really gone to his head. Someone who dates his step granddaughter, 40 years your junior should keep a lower profile.

UnKnown

yall got something to say about everything history is history

David EA

THE REASON HE IS WRONG…is because if our President was a normal person, who someone was asked to describe, (s)he would most likely do so by describing him as A LIGHT SKINNED BLACK MAN. IN AMERICA if you look black, you ARE black. I know light skinned folk who look like president Obama, who have two "dark skin" parents. He's the first black president because THIS "complex" country of ours voted for someone who looks like US! Because after all, aren't we all "mixed" with a lil slave owner somewhere down the line? AND, what if Barack's GRANDFATHER was white, and his mother/father black, would that make him black? What about if his GREAT GRANDFATHER was white, and every one else leading to Barack was black, would THAT make him "black"? I see where he was TRYING to go, but it wasn't a well thought out answer, its an answer that comes from the same guy (as much as I/we love em) who doesn't want to be referred to as a "black" actor, and if thats how YOU choose to look at it fine, I'm just trying to explain what type of person the answer is coming from…

ayo

Black is the absence of light. Light is fundamental for colour to be perceivable.

Black is basically a void.

Brown skin is composed of a plethora of hues; yellow, orange, red pinks.
Black is the absence of such diversity.
Black is reductive when describing the physical but totally useful when describing the sociological.

crldvn

@ ayo you know brown is a light shade of Black

ayo

I used to say things like this before and then i thought to myself; "wait why am I even calling myself black anyway" yeah both of my parents are dark skinned but that doesn't really mean anything. It's not reflective of anything physical about me. My skin's dark brown not black.

At that point I got why "mixed" folk (for now) are socially recognised as black. Because we still in a society that's hella stratified and it's just the aftermath of-one drop rule politics – followed by the civil rights reclaiming of the word.
I think it would be really horrible for people to start getting defensive and particular about a term we inherited from racist white folk.
We're all black and we're also all not black. By all means interrogate that but don't degrade others in the process.

Joe

I doubt Obama cares what Morgan Freeman has to say. Most black people in America talk about blackness too much but they don't really have it in their DNA anymore. As an African i see Obama as one of ours. A real black man and fuc? Freeman.

Patrick

thank you so much Mr. Morgan for speaking a necessary truth thank you again and may God continue to bless and use you in a most wonderful way.

Professor Smartass

How would we know when we had our first purely black president unless BOTH his parents were directly from Africa?

Those of us with ancestors who have been in America, whether white, black, Native American, or whatever, for more than 4-5 generations don't know for sure what all we've got in our racial DNA stew.

I suspect Morgan Freeman's point was more along the lines of "Obama is one of us black folks. He's one of us ALL folks."

There is something to that, but it's still cool to think of him as our first black president too.

And I'm a white guy.

Susan

By the way, I'm a right wing cunt who would love to see all of you back in chains. I only pretend to care about this country and my home is hiding behind the internet because that's as good as my life gets. Carry on. :)

anon

It speaks volumes that a man who isn't even HALF black American as his dad is ACTUALLY Kenyan still has the majority of black Americans completely disregarding this fact. He ACTUALLY has a culture outside of America that most blacks cannot relate to but of course the only thing that matters is what stupid white Americans think eh? if they see you as "black" then your black because white people are god and their opinion is TRUTH. Black Americans continue to claim people who not want to be claimed by you aka tiger woods and have privileges over you ALL against your OWN best interest Is it just so you can see someone who vaguely resembles you up there? No other race EVER claims people who are not 100% of their group but black people its truly pathetic.

DR. SWAGGAS

A "Black" Man, A Moor, John Hanson
Was the First President of the United States! 1781-1782 A.D.???
George Washington was really the 8th President of the United States!
George Washington was not the first President of the United States. In fact, the first President of the
United States was one John Hanson. Don't go checking the encyclopedia for this guy's name – he is one of
those great men that are lost to history. If you're extremely lucky, you may actually find a brief mention
of his name.
The new country was actually formed on March 1, 1781 with the adoption of The Articles of
Confederation.
This document was actually proposed on June 11, 1776, but not agreed upon by Congress until November
15, 1777. Maryland refused to sign this document until Virginia and New York ceded their western lands
(Maryland was afraid that these states would gain too much power in the new government from such large amounts of land).
Once the signing took place in 1781, a President was needed to run the country. John Hanson was chosen
unanimously by Congress (which included George Washington). In fact, all the other potential candidates
refused to run against him, as he was a major player in the revolution and an extremely influential
member of Congress.
As the first President, Hanson had quite the shoes to fill. No one had ever been President and the role was
poorly defined. His actions in office would set precedent for all future Presidents.
He took office just as the Revolutionary War ended. Almost immediately, the troops demanded to be paid.
As would be expected after any long war, there were no funds to meet the salaries. As a result, the
soldiers threatened to overthrow the new government and put Washington on the throne as a monarch.
All the members of Congress ran for their lives, leaving Hanson as the only guy left running the
government. He somehow managed to calm the troops down and hold the country together. If he had
failed, the government would have fallen almost immediately and everyone would have been bowing to
King Washington. In fact, Hanson sent 800 pounds of sterling silver by his brother Samuel Hanson to
George Washington to provide the troops with shoes.
Hanson, as President, ordered all foreign troops off American soil, as well as the removal of all foreign
flags. This was quite the feat, considering the fact that so many European countries had a stake in the
United States since the days following Columbus.
Hanson established the Great Seal of the United States, which all Presidents have since been required to
use on all official documents.
President Hanson also established the first Treasury Department, the first Secretary of War, and the first
Foreign Affairs Department.
Lastly, he declared that the fourth Thursday of every November was to be Thanksgiving Day, which is still
true today.
The Articles of Confederation only allowed a President to serve a one year term during any three year
period, so Hanson actually accomplished quite a bit in such little time.
Six other presidents were elected after him – Elias Boudinot (1783), Thomas Mifflin (1784), Richard Henry
Lee (1785), Nathan Gorman (1786), Arthur St. Clair (1787), and Cyrus Griffin (1788) – all prior to
Washington taking office.
So what happened?
Why don't we ever hear about the first seven Presidents of the United States?
It's quite simple – The Articles of Confederation didn't work well. The individual states had too much power
and nothing could be agreed upon.
A new doctrine needed to be written – something we know as the Constitution.
And that leads us to the end of our story.
George Washington was definitely not the first President of the United States. He was the first President of
the United States under the Constitution we follow today.
And the first seven Presidents are forgotten in history

Sunn m'Cheaux

I disagree with Mr Freeman. He says this as though 'race' is not actually a contrived social construct with NO scientific/genetic basis. The race "rules" play fast an loose with facts. The same pseudo-science and imperialists who invented 'race', also invented the erroneous 'one-drop rule' — one drop of 'Black' blood legally makes you Black — to protect their newly minted commodity: Whiteness.

So, the concept of "mixed race" is about as social a misnomer as a 'bi-sexual man'. No matter how many women he's intimate with, society at large will view a man who has sex with men as 'gay'. It doesn't matter that Obama's mama was White, anymore than it matters that both of Tiger Woods' parents were "mixed" with 4 different 'races'; society (not science) sees them as Black. And since there's no scientific basis for race, social perception makes the call. Obama IS (by the aforementioned arbitrary social criteria) the "first Black US president", even though "African-American" would be even more apropos. Deal with it, Easy Reader.

Arje Jackson

Surprisingly, the large percent of African-Americans trace their mitochondria to Europe and not Africa. Consequently, most of us are mix raced. Should the "first" through-out our history rescind their name in our history because they too were mixed race? Morgan Freeman should direct his attention to a more meaningful platform. The black community need much more than this divisive rhetoric.

Kirsten

I am tired of Morgan Freeman. The older he gets, the more ignorant his statements get. I remember when Henry Louis Gates, Jr. profiled him for the PBS special on his slave background and how stupid he looked when he tried to claim "Native American" ancestry and then found out he didn't have ANY! He was so proud of the fact that he thought he had that background…would that have made him less of a black man? Maybe he wished it would have and that is why he is taking issue with Obama's racial make-up!

julius hollingsworth

Obama is a black man.That is how he identify's himself.Yes,he has other parts to his heritage.There is no person in America who is pure anything.He also loves a black woman and their children deeply, enough said.You to, can find out about what other blood flows through your veins if you like.There is no such thing as the Aryan Nation accept in the heads of a lot of cookoo for coco puff people around the world.We all started in Africa.I believe if there is a end it will end there.

James

This actually makes me mad. It's that mentality that just brings forth more problems. I am half black and to anyone who is not black, I'm black. Those who are black told me I'm not black because I'm not black. Through my Life i have had racism from both sides, black and white.

Logic

This from the ignoramus who said racism will end if we stop talking about it. He needs to stick to being a self-sacrificing, stuck on side-kick, magical negro playing, mitigator of white guilt in overrated movies, and let black folks decide for themselves how and with whom to identify. Maybe he can busy himself writing an Uncle Tom…I mean, uh, Uncle Ben biopic. Surely that's the role he's been dreaming of.

artbizzy

Seems like many of us didn't have as much of an issue with Bill Clinton being referred to as the "first black president." As tongue in cheek as the sentiment was, it was still an interesting thought provoking reference. What was it about Clinton that made many of us okay or at least not too offended when this was said about him, a white male from the south?

artbizzy

Morgan Freeman in the quote said that Obama was a "black" man. We can argue about whether or not he's African-American, American Irish Kenyan or whatever but he identifies as a black man. This issue about the one drop rule is a distraction. Claiming your blackness is an act of solidarity. It's an homage to your oppressed ancestors no matter where they have ended up on the globe. And last I looked the racism/colonialism machine and its pathological effects are still well under way around the world. What if Obama said he was white instead? It's his business to do but Obama does not look like a white man. I am just as mixed as Obama is but I have two black parents one more mixed than the other. Let's not forget about many of us also having Native American blood, too. So like I said earlier, he is a black man, as far as being "African-American" is a different story although I believe he can claim that title (as problematic as it is), too. Obama seems to have had a close relationship with his white Mother especially since she was the one who held it down for him as his Dad wasn't in the picture. So let's let go with our faux sympathy toward her as if his choice was a personal affront to her, a dismissal of her presence in his life and in his DNA and let's just call this argument what it is: a small victory for divide and conquer.

That Dude

Tribalism. LOL. We Black Americans no nothing about that.

dean

Morgan Freeman is right. First, Obama is not black. He’s as much white as he is black. He’s mixed, biracial or mulatto but not black. Second, Obama is not an African American. African Americans are the descendants of African brought to America and enslaved. The term was chosen because, although it is known that black/African Americans are of west and south-west African descent (as far north as Senegal and as far south as Angola with perhaps 5% from Mozambique in east Africa) because of the intervention of slavery, it is not known where a particular black/African American’s roots are from.

Obama’s father was a black man from Kenya and his mother was a white American of primarily Irish descent. Accordingly, Obama is Kenyan-Irish American or Irish-Kenyan American but not African American. An American of Nigerian descent is a Nigerian American. An American of Ugandan descent is a Ugandan American. Neither is an African American.
This calling anyone with a “drop” of black blood black is racist. It’s due to the racist belief that black blood taints the rest requiring all to be thrown out. It is patently racist. Black people are not pollutants. I reject racism in all its forms and permutations so I reject this racist “one drop” theory.

Mark

Aren't the majority of all African-Americans mixed-race? Malcolm X. Billie Holiday. Jesse Jackson. Muhammad Ali. Blair Underwood. Martin Luther King Jr.

Most African-Americans regardless of phenotype would not pass a racial purity test.

Listenb4uspeak

Did anyone listen to the interview posted? He's making the point based on the Trump's accusations that the president is not an American by pointing out the his mother was a white American. Technically he is bi-racial(African/White)but in American he's consider black. So I raise this question, if your a by-product of black/white parents and you check "black" why are some Mexicans now being told to check "white"? Is it the texture of the hair to determine if your black enough?

Micah

Race is just a social construct. If he meets the current social definition of what it is to be black than he is. If someone saw him walking down the street, they would say there goes a black guy.

Mark & Darla

The white blood Obama got from his mother no longer exist in his body, eating black pussy for twenty years have made him 100% black, smile

Miles Ellison

In the euphoria that followed Obama's election, white people were saying "but he's half white." About 3 seconds later, when he actually started trying to govern and solve problems, he became "that nigger who's running this country into the ground."

BluTopaz

Yeah ok Freeman–go tell White racists about how bi-racial Pres Obama is. Many of those same middle americans who are as White as his mother are the ones making fried chicken, watermelon and food stamp references to this BLACK president. Freeman just needs to sit his one-note magical negro behind down somewhere and shut up. His point is as ridiculous as the birther loonies demanding to see birth certificates.

CareyCarey

For approximately EIGHTY THOUSAND DAYS, there has always been a white gentlemen sitting in the White House. So, although I've said this before, S&A's article begs to be challenged one more time. The following are my thoughts (long thoughts) on this whole debacle of whether or not President Obama is biracial or black. Listen, my father has gone home. I miss him, but I remember his words of wisdom. He was my little league coach and I was a pitcher. One day, a player on my team dropped a fly ball which caused me to lose my cool. As he scrambled to retrieve the ball, another player stumbled over him. The opposing team laughed, ridiculed the players and called them a few choice words, to a point they both started crying. I made matters worse by my mean look and foolish antics on the mound. Consumed by my emotions, I threw my next pitch with the fury of a Tasmanian Devil. I hit the batter square upside his head. My father called time out and approached the mound. His following words I will never forget. "look boy, don't ever play another man's game and don't be nobodies fool. Their job is to get you mad at your players and yourself, and have you act a damn fool. Don't let them see you get rattled. Go out and tell Tommy it's alright. Tell him we are not clowns nor negros, and we are going to win this game. We don't need enemies on our own team son." Well, President Obama has a huge task in front of him. He's standing on the mound and the ball is in his hand. He may have thrown a wild pitch or dropped the ball a couple of times, but we don't need enemies on our own team. If someone tries to engage you in negative criticism of President Obama (whether he's black or white or bi-racial) stop, look and listen, and then ask them where they are going? Don't play another man's game and don't be nobodies fool. Remember, Rome was not built in a day and 43 white fellas have played in the white house for over TWO CENTURIES – THAT'S 200 YEARS YAWL! And that's a loooog time. Taking that into consideration, President Obama has been there but a blink of the eye. Step up when someone tries to bring him down with some petty bullsh*t. Lets build something to pass on! I say, move away from the petty indifferences and look ahead to a better day. If not Obama then who!? Which one of the "all white" men would you want to represent you? In short, don't be led astry. ONE MO TIME, WE DON'T NEED ENEMIES ON OUR OWN TEAM. The other team is still out there, on the case, in their war rooms, plotting and strategizing. In fact, they have always been on the case, for their team! It's time for us to think, stay focused and understand what is going on and what the stakes are and always have been. Choose a team! And remember what our ancestors knew, "It was never just a game!." Just because some folks say it's only "politics" and it's harmless conversation, doesn't mean it is!

saadiyah

@JustSaying – How the f* can YOU take it upon yourself to define the term African-American? The brother/sister Dae says he/she is from Nigeria which is in AFRICA (which BTW also makes him AFRICAN) and you say he/she is NOT African American.

I've heard that nonsense before and it is you people who feel that you can decide someone else's identity (like Morgan) that need to go sit down. I mean damn, you can't take the term Black or African and decide that it should only be applied to certain people who are Black or African AND have a certain history that you deem distinct and/or more important.

Go have a seat!!

Dae

@ JustSaying How can you say President Obama can't identify as African American? My parents are Nigerian and I was born and raised in America. Doesn't that make me an African-American in the truest sense of the word? He's the same. He's born in America with a parent who is African. The whole term was meant to describe Americans with African roots. And for those who say when Obama says he identifies as Black, he's excluding his white/caucasian heritage. I disagree. I identify with Black Americans/African-Americans, whatever you choose to say, more than I do with Nigerians because of where I was raised and the people I grew close to. Doesn't mean I love my Nigerian culture any less though.

At the end of the day, Morgan Freeman needs to stop talking. It just starts an ugly conversation when you start questioning someone's "blackness". Things like that have been used to divide us for generations and it's just plain stupid. I mean, the vast majority of black people in america are mixed with some other race somewhere in their family tree anyway. The President is both black and white, but in this country, right or wrong, that has always meant you're black. Period. And when we start picking each other apart, it never leads to good things.

lauren

So silly! When 85% of Americans of African descent also have European ancestry. Stick to acting Mr. Freeman.

Donella

President Barack Obama has stated clearly that he considers himself Black. If Morgan Freeman cannot accept that our President self-identifies as Black, then Morgan Freeman has the problem, not the President.

derek

Morgan Freeman's no sociologist, no culture critic, no historian so why is this even relevant?

Consider the roles he's played.

And not too long ago he said the only way for racism (STILL A PROBLEM) to end is for us to "stop taking about it" (A PROBLEM).

Freeman's one of the best actors of all time, but off-screen he's neither a sage nor a role model.

Nikky

I can't believe this is even still an issue. Barack has clearly stated that he identifies as Black. Let it go. Black American history is filled with "biracial" people (Frederick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B DuBois, Hiram Revels, Walter White, etc,etc). I guess we are going to say these folks aren't Black either? Morgan Freeman has said some questionable things on race before, so I am not surprised about this. I am of the school of thought that "race" is a man-made label anyways. Did people in Africa before the slave trade call themselves "Negro", "Colored", "Black", heck even "African"? No, those are labels that were forced on all of us by Europeans. Why is it that "biracial" people are seen as a special case?

etomi

Morgan Freeman???? He and James Earl Jones need to get a clue. I certainly don't need either of them to define blackness to me. They both need to find a rocking chair at the home, sit in it, and STFU. Barack Obama is as black as he wants to be, something the two of them seem to want to run away from.

mike

Morgan Freeman's perspective on whether President Obama should be considered "mixed race" versus "Black" will create quite a challenge for the Census takers. The population of Black Americans would plummet significantly if Americans had to choose the new category of "mixed race" based on the mixture of blood lines. I'm not sure Mr. Freeman thought his argument through to its logical conclusion. But then again, he was speaking on the fly in an interview. Perhaps he'll reconsider his statement after careful cogitation.

evilnerd

So if I'm white, but identify with asian culture, I should be respected as an Asian? Makes no sense, right?

Please!!!!!

Not one African-American has pure "black/African" DNA. Don Cheadle has 20 percent European ancestor. Just as Asians come from Japan, China, and India (bet you didn't know that), they are all considered Asian. African-Americans are mixed group of people that includes bi-racial with white, native american or whatever. The nerve of Morgan….Yeah, he really looks like he is from West Africa. Give me a break. Tired.

FilmGuy

You are what they see at first glance. No matter your language, culture, or origin. A ninja, is a ninja, is a ninja.

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If the man identifies with Black, than respect him as a Black man. Let's move on already.

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