In 2008, Americans ushered in a new era when they voted the first black president into the White House. But if you ask Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, racism has only gotten worse, not better, once President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
The Invictus star, who sat down with CNN host Piers Morgan in an interview that aired Friday night, puts the burden of this on the Tea Party political movement, saying Obama has become a target for the Tea Party's racist aggression, Reuters reported.
Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term, Freeman said. What's, what does that, what underlines that? 'Screw the country. We're going to do whatever we can to get this black man out of here.'
Freeman, who endorsed Obama during his presidential run, but declined to campaign with him, said it's a racist thing, and the Tea Party's rise is proof that hate still lingers in America.
Well, it just shows the weak, dark, underside of America, he said. We're supposed to be better than that. We really are. That's, that's why all those people were in tears when Obama was elected president. 'Ah, look at what we are. Look at how, this is America.' You know? And then it just sort of started turning b because these people surfaced like stirring up muddy water.
Asked if he was disappointed that Obama hasn't taken a tougher stance against the right-wing, Freeman said: Kind of, but I understood that he was trying to hold onto his own promise that he would be president of all the people.