Movie star Morgan Freeman has accused his fellow African-Americans of supporting hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, by refusing to join his battle to remove the Confederate battle flag in the corner of the ensign of his home state of Mississippi.
The Driving Miss Daisy star fought lawmakers in 2001 to change the "slave flag's" design but his efforts were in vain - locals voted to keep the ensign just the way it is.
Freeman complains: "The flag, the stars and bars, has personal resonance to me because to me it doesn't represent so much the south as a very negative mind-set that is not necessarily southern.
"You see that flag wherever you see skinheads, radical right wingers, neo-Nazis, any hate group."
He adds: "It's pitiful. They still feel that they do not have a say.
“That's why they don't do it. That's the apathy part of it... It's too bad. Maybe now I'll go and join the Ku Klux Klan."