Stacey Dash: ‘There Shouldn’t Be a Black History Month’ -- Morgan Freeman: Black History Month Is 'Ridiculous'

By Michael W. Chapman | June 20, 2016 | 6:00pm EDT

Actress and author Stacey Dash. (AP) 

Actress and author Stacey Dash, who is black, repeated her belief that “there should not be a Black History Month” because blacks are integral to the history of the United States and their contributions cannot be delegated to just one month. This is a view that actor Morgan Freeman has expressed, telling 60 Minutes, for instance, “I don’t want a Black History Month.”

During an interview about her new book, There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative, Dash was asked about her views on Black History Month and how she had been criticized for them.

“I said [in January 2016] that there should not be a Black History Month, because I feel like black people have contributed to the history of the United States of America far more than just one month can tell,” Dash said in a June 13 interview on WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall,” hosted by Brian Wilson and Larry O’Connor.

“I think we should just be part of American history, 365 days of every year – not just one month,” said Dash.  “And God help us if white people said, ‘We want a White History Month.’ It would be – everyone would be crying racism.”

Co-host Larry O’Connor then asked, “What was the reaction?” 

Stacey Dash said, “The reaction was, I don’t think I’m black. I don’t like black people. I don’t believe in black people. I’m an Uncle Tom. I’m a house n-----.  All those kinds of awful things.”

In a 60 Minutes interview in 2005, actor Morgan Freeman said he did not want a Black History Month. The exchange between reporter Mike Wallace and Freeman occurred as follows:

Wallace: “Black History Month, you find ...”
Freeman: “Ridiculous.” 
Wallace: “Why?”
Freeman: “You're going to relegate my history to a month?” 
Wallace: “Come on.” 
Freeman: “What do you do with yours? Which month is White History Month? Come on, tell me.”
Wallace: “I'm Jewish.” 
Freeman: “Okay. Which month is Jewish History Month?” 
Wallace: “There isn't one.” 
Freeman: “Why not? Do you want one?”
Wallace: “No, no.” 
Freeman: “I don't either. I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.” 
Wallace: “How are we going to get rid of racism until ...?” 
Freeman: “Stop talking about it. I'm going to stop calling you a white man. And I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman.

('s Emily Blatter contributed to this blog.)

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