So I have just got home from the movies after watching ‘Ben Hur’. It was a great movie, very insightful and totally inspired me with the message of forgiveness! A powerful admonition that Judah Ben Hur’s wife Nazanin was trying to get across to him when he was blinded by his revenge upon his adopted brother Messala. A must see! I thoroughly enjoyed it. A valuable lesson learnt and a welcoming bonus given the main reason why I went to see Ben Hur, was to see my favourite actor… Morgan Freeman!
Have you ever felt a deep sense of connection to someone who doesn’t know you exist? Someone you have never met your whole life and yet you feel like you’re a family? Like everything he / she says is said directly to you? And when he hurts or something awful happens to him (in the movie obviously) you ball your eyes out and have nightmares about it? Well, that’s how I feel with Morgan! I have so much respect for this man who is not only a phenomenal actor but a well-seasoned expert in life itself.
In light of the riots happening in America and the recent controversies with regards to the shootings of African Americans, I wanted to share with you why I fell in love with Morgan Freeman! So, a few years ago I stumbled upon you tube clip which was aired in 2008 on CBS 60 minutes. The legendary Mike Wallace of CBS News had conducted an interview on Morgan Freeman’s take on a ‘Black History Month’. When asked about his thoughts, Morgan replied ‘It’s ridiculous!’ and when asked ‘why?’ he fired back with ‘Are you really going to relegate my History to a month?… What about yours? What month is White Man’s Month?… I don’t want a black history month…Black History is American History!’ and as Mike Wallace goes to ask ‘So how do we get rid of racism?’ Morgan replies back with an ever so powerful answer ‘Let’s stop talking about it! I’m going to stop calling you a White Man and you are going to stop calling me a Black Man…!’ When I saw that clip, I was touched with how powerful Morgans message was and how it spoke volumes about the solution of racial discrimination! Which begs the question ‘Why is racism still acknowledged? Why are we still distinguishing between Black, White & Brown People?
In the wake of the police shootings of African Americans, people have been quick to judge. Quick to jump to racial discrimination, quick to retaliate and resort to violence. But what about the other dozen shootings that occurred in the same month of white people and brown people? What if we as coloured people are blowing this way out of proportion? No, I am not defending those law enforcers who were in the wrong as they are to be reprimanded for their actions. What I am merely saying is, we should probably step back and foresee the bigger picture. That our anguished cries and protests could potentially build a strife that was never there in the first place. We ourselves are initiating a potential racial disparity that our ancestors long ago fought to overcome. Yes, I can only imagine what the families of these poor souls are going through and so they should fight! But the fight should be theirs. Fight for the injustice that has happened to their loved ones and Us as a nation should support by ensuring that the justice system does what it is supposed to do. To bring Justice to those that have done wrong. We should support all families who have lost loved one’s to ‘firearms’ through prayers, comfort, love, peace, providing a shoulder to cry on and guiding them through to Forgiveness! But let us refrain from taking matters into our own hands! As what good could we possibly achieve from a divided nation where there is no peace and unity amongst each other. We can do something about it, let us stop the riots before a ripple effect builds a war that may become beyond our control. Let us pray for the justice of those that have done wrong and for peace and comfort to all those who have lost their loved ones whether they were black, white or coloured! Because regardless of your race, we are all human beings and all our Lives matter! So, let us take heed of Morgan Freeman’s advice on how we can prevent racial discrimination…’Let’s just stop talking about it!’