: Morgan Freeman on racism.


MacDaddy
Jul 18th, 2008, 10:48 AM
LiveLeak.com - This Is Why Morgan Freeman Is A Hero! (http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a16_1215739431)

Bra-vo. Thats all I have to say about that.

Mississauga
Jul 18th, 2008, 11:21 AM
I like Morgan Freeman even a little more, now. And I've admired him for quite a few years.

Thanks for that link!

MacDoc
Jul 18th, 2008, 11:29 AM
I don't know if you know his genealogy but his name has quite the sterling history entwined with the founding of the America.

His xxxgreat grandmother was a slave in one of the households where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution was being debated and crafted.

Overhearing the conversations and understanding them she eventually sued for her freedom and won....hence FREEMAN :eek:

Brilliant series here he narrates

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/images/index_banner_01.gif

Slavery and the Making of America | PBS (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/index.html)

Heart breaking and heart lifting at the same time.

Dr.G.
Jul 18th, 2008, 11:32 AM
Good for him. I too liked Morgan Freeman as an actor, but I like him even more as a person now.

I remember my student teaching, which was done in a nearly all African-American school. I taught social studies to grades 10-12. My students were amazed at how much I knew about "black history". I told them that firstly, I loved to read about history. Secondly, being Jewish, I had somewhat of a similar heritage as they did and thus, could appreciate their history. From that moment on, I had no problems with discipline in that class.

MacDoc
Jul 18th, 2008, 11:39 AM
Another outstanding series is African American Lives 2 on PBS

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/05/arts/television/05root.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

One of the most enjoyable programs I've watched and Freeman figures quite prominently - as well as many others.

Including

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/02/05/arts/rockspan.jpg

the host Henry Louis Gates Jr ( left ) who ends up celebrating his IRISH!!!!!??!! heritage in a pub in "the olde countrye" :eek:

Dr.G.
Jul 18th, 2008, 11:40 AM
I also found it interesting when I taught in Waycross, Georgia. Actually, I taught in a public school on the outskirts of Waycross, which literally touched upon the Okeefenokee Swamp. Most of my students were tenant farmer children, made up of blacks and whites, and they shared one thing in common -- they were all poor. Since I grew up poor in New York City, we did share that together, but they taught me more about race relations than I think I taught them. That was way back in 1973 and 1974.

MacDoc
Jul 18th, 2008, 11:45 AM
Dr.G did you catch the Time piece on Mark Twain recently??

Mark Twain: Our Original Superstar - TIME (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1820166,00.html)

a conversation between Twain and Freeman would be more than marvelous.

Chris
Jul 18th, 2008, 12:03 PM
Bravo, Mr. Freeman, bravo! :clap:

This simply underlines my view that there is only one human race.

Dr.G.
Jul 18th, 2008, 01:00 PM
Good point, Chris. Paix, mon ami.

Dr.G.
Jul 18th, 2008, 01:00 PM
Thanks for the link, MacDoc. Paix, mon ami.

SINC
Jul 18th, 2008, 02:43 PM
Not only is Morgan a fine actor, he's a fine human being. :clap:

Dr.G.
Jul 18th, 2008, 03:07 PM
Amen, Sinc. Amen, brother.

matriculated
Jul 18th, 2008, 03:32 PM
Boy, Mike Wallace looked like he got hit with a ton of bricks when Morgan Freeman answered his question.

Dr.G.
Jul 18th, 2008, 06:42 PM
Mike Wallace is usually not flustered by anything, but I agree with matriculated that he was stumped for a moment by MF's comment.