Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman told NPR that “America’s first Black president hasn’t arisen yet. ” Yes, arisen, like Blacula. He went on to explain that Obama is “America’s first mixed-race president.”
“First thing that pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier…they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white.”
I think Freeman was actually trying to say that we (whities especially) should keep in mind that our president is even more relatable to the country than a fully African-descended or Caucasian man, and that we shouldn’t constantly refer to him as “black.”
Out of context, it ended up sounding like the kind of thing an ignorant white Republican descended directly from Georgian slave owners would say.
Freeman’s words were especially confusing when he said that to defeat racism, we must “stop talking about it.” Ummm, psssst, Morgan, you’re talking about it.