It’s rare to hear actors from liberal Hollywood disagree with the Leftist agenda, but Morgan Freeman isn’t afraid to voice his opinions on racism and wealth inequality, according to The Washington Times.
In an interview with Don Lemon, the CNN anchor asks Freeman if genetics or race has a role in why some people remain in poverty. Freeman points to himself and Lemon as proof that the assertion simply isn’t true “No. No, I don’t. You and I, we’re proof.”
An article in The New Yorker sums up the general belief liberals have when it comes to income inequality–it’s all based on racism. They point to statistics and facts that supposedly evidence minorities in the US make up the bulk of those in poverty because they’re minorities.
What liberals fail to realize is that the rhetoric of ‘it’s not your fault that you’re poor’ doesn’t help a person overcome poverty. Couple that with Democrats decrying wealth inequality as the rich getting rich at the expense of the poor, and it’s a recipe for disaster.
These beliefs on the Left have created a portion of those in poverty who believe they can’t succeed and build wealth on their own; they require Democrat politicians to pass policies if they’re ever going to get anywhere in life. As a result, some may do very little to ever improve their circumstances.
This was the talking point in the 2014 interview between Lemon, a successful African American news anchor–for a successful, albeit controversial, news network–and Morgan Freeman, a very successful African American actor with a net worth of $200 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Freeman dismissed the allegation that wealth inequality is based on racism or genetics. “Why would race have anything to do with it? Put your mind to what you want to do and go for that.”
He continued saying those born in the US have the opportunity to improve or lose their wealth if they’re not careful, as opposed to countries like India who follow strict and unalterable class allocations based from birth.
CNS News reports that Lemon wasn’t ready to let up on the issue saying “But it’s hard to – when you say that to people because they say, ‘Here you go with the pull yourself up by the bootstraps thing. You’re just being respectable. Not everybody can do that.”
Freeman emphatically disagreed “Bull****! Everybody can.”
Lemon surprisingly revealed his frustration with media’s obsession over race issues, saying, “It seems like every single day I’m talking about race on television, because it’s in the news cycle. I wanna just go, ‘this is over, can we move on?’”
Freeman dropped an equally surprising bombshell that he believes media’s obsession with racism as the supposed source of all problems is actually creating a bigger issue. “If you talk about it, it exists. It’s not like it exists and we refuse to talk about it. Making it a bigger issue than it needs to be is the problem here.”
It’s refreshing to hear a voice of reason out of liberal Hollywood. Freeman is the example of what liberals would have us believe is impossible. His humble assertion is that if he could rise out of poverty to become successful, then anyone could do it. This is a welcome piece of inspiration that Americans need.