Freeman has taken well-aimed pot-shots at PC linguistic niceties – "I hate the phrase 'African American'," he says, "because 'black' is beautiful. One syllable versus seven" – and other sacred cows such as Black History Month, which he sees as a form of temporal segregation, with blacks ghettoised within February, the Tuesday of the year. "I've said it before, black history is American history, they're completely intertwined."
I dislike "African American' for another reason: Africa also has a white population. It therefore makes more sense to say Morgan Freeman is a black American, and Charlize Theron is a white African; Leonardo DiCaprio is a white American, and Djimon Hounsou is a black African.