Date: 5th July 2001
Movie star MORGAN FREEMAN is urging his fellow black Americans to stop complaining about racism - because it's no longer an issue.
The ALONG CAME A SPIDER (2001) star used Independence Day (4JUL) 2001 to air his views about modern day America, before he appeared in a special reading of the original Declaration of Independence on TV last night (04JUL01).
He says, "I read in a novel that a woman from Korea was saying, 'You don't have racism, we practise a Mao form of intolerance', and I believe that."
"Racism is in Rwanda, Bosnia and the Middle East. We're not
killing each other and bombing each other's houses. We don't need to talk about racism, we need to talk about something else."
Freeman admits he's a big fan of THOMAS JEFFERSON's original
Declaration text. He says, "What he wrote is not what we got. He wrote that slavery is an affront against humanity. Congress eliminated that."Jefferson and I could sit down and have a really deep conversation. We're still trying to live up to his ideals today."