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Source: Pete Ashton
Why I'm not celebrating Black History Month
- Interviewer: Black history month you find…
- Morgan Freeman: Ridiculous.
- Interviewer: Why?
- Morgan Freeman: You’re going to relegate my history to a month?
- Interviewer: Oh, come on.
- Morgan Freeman: What do you do with yours? Which month is white history month?
- Interviewer: (pause) Well, I’m Jewish.
- Morgan Freeman: Okay. Which month is jewish history month?
- Interviewer: There isn’t one.
- Morgan Freeman: Oh, oh. Why not? Do you want one?
- Interviewer: No.
- Morgan Freeman: Right. I don’t either. I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.
- Interviewer: How are we going to get rid of racism?
- Morgan Freeman: Stop talking about it.
- Question: IS MORGAN FREEMAN CORRECT?
Are you going to write in Cantonese?
As a generation 1.5 Canadian, I didn’t know how to respond to that. Cantonese is an oral language spoken in parts of Southeast Asia and by some Chinese diaspora – a written language it is not. As someone who navigates as an Anglophone in Canada, the question took me by surprise.
I was talking in English with a Canadian (read ‘white’) about my plans for writing when he posed the question. Imagine if the word “Cantonese” was replaced with say “Yiddish” or “Moorish”, how would that phrase sound?
In multiracial/multilingual Canada where language and race are mutually exclusive elements, it is the ‘Canadians’ who often have difficulty with such a concept.