Morgan Freeman, who has been doing the media rounds lately in order to promote the theatrical release of the sequel film The Dark Knight Rises, paid a visit to the National Public Radio station for a sit down interview. Over the course of his discussion with Tell Me More host Michel Martin, Freeman started talking about President Barack Obama … and specifically how it is his personal opinion that Obama is not Black enough to be called our country’s first Black president. Because Obama’s mother is White, Freeman says, Obama cannot be classified as the first Black president of the United States of America. Hmm.
Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman joined Tell Me More host Michel Martin to discuss his new movie, The Magic of Belle Isle. But the prolific actor, famous for his roles in films such as The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby and The Dark Knight, also had a lot to say about politics. He was especially interested in talking about President Obama, and why Freeman thinks he should not be called America’s first black president. “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,” Freeman said. “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.”
Keeping on the topic of politics, Morgan Freeman then offered his opinions about the Republican politicians in office:
Freeman says he has been disappointed by what he considers unfair treatment of Obama by his political opponents. “He is being purposely, purposely thwarted by the Republican Party, who started out at the beginning of his tenure by saying, ‘We are going to do whatever is necessary to make sure that he’s only going to serve one term,’ ” he said. “That means they will not cooperate with him on anything. So to say he’s ineffective is a misappropriation of the facts.”
Well now, it’s nice to see that Morgan Freeman isn’t shy about voicing his opinions. I can’t say that I agree with his assessment that President Obama isn’t Black enough to be called a Black president. IMHO, I don’t believe in varying degrees of ethnicity. Yes, President Obama has a Caucasian mother but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who would seriously refer to Barack Obama as a Caucasian man. Honestly, I’m not sure what point Morgan Freeman is trying to make. Is he suggesting that because Obama isn’t Black enough, in his opinion, that progress was not made by his election? Is he suggesting that a “Black enough” president (ie. a president with two Black parents) will be better/more important than President Obama? Or, is he just offering his opinion … the end? Click HERE to listen to the full audio of Freeman’s interview on NPR and see what you think. Do you agree with him? Do you consider President Barack Obama our country’s first Black president?