Oscar winner Morgan Freeman spoke out about racism and the riots in Baltimore while promoting his upcoming film, 5 Flights Up, at an EW Radio Town Hall on Thursday. According to the actor, the world will never be able to do away with racism completely.
“You ever watch Through the Wormhole? A sixth season episode just aired and the subject matter is bigotry,” Freeman said. “The question asked is, ‘Are we all bigots?’ The scientific answer is yes.”
Through the Wormhole, a show on the Science Channel narrated by Freeman himself, investigates some of the universe’s most intriguing questions, including whether humans are inherently racist. As Freeman stated in the interview, it all goes back to the tribal mentality: “My tribe is the best and your tribe sucks.” The conversation shifted quickly to the protests in Baltimore and across the nation, sparked by the mysterious death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while he was in police custody last month. Six officers have now been charged with his murder following the medical examiner’s ruling that Gray’s death was a homicide.
“What we’re looking at in Baltimore, Ferguson, Cincinnati, or wherever it’s going on is not actually what we could classify as racism, per say,” said Freeman. “Because what we’re dealing with is ‘law enforcement.’ It’s a little different. We can change that. We better change that.”
Freeman recently talked with The Daily Beast about how the media has handled coverage of the Baltimore riots and eloquently summed up his feelings about the press, saying, “F—k the media.” Read more here.