When I found out that they were re-making Roots I had to say I was disappointed at first. I was wondering why would they remake this series thirty-nine years later! I mean have we took a step back into our history? As if African-Americans haven’ t been through so much, we are finally trying to move past this and move forward! It’s time that we leave these slave movies, shows, and documentaries in the past and think about the future. I told myself I wasn’t going to watch it. I turned from the commercials because I thought it was ridiculous.
It wasn’t until Monday night after binge watching Love and Hip Hop Atlanta (I can’t help it I think the show is hilarious!) I needed something that was going to bring my IQ up a few notches. So, I took the chance to just give this series a try. I mean why not? I didn’t really watch the 1977 series of Roots. I tried my best when they were playing on BET but I couldn’t make myself watch it, maybe it was too old school. I wasn’t too sure. So, i just turned to the History channel to see what it was all about.
By the end of the second series a swarm of emotions came over me. I was happy, sad, angry and just down right mad. I enjoyed everything about this series so far and I’m going to tell you why.
First off if you don’t know what Roots is I think you should do your research. To make a long story short; Roots is based on Alex Haley’s New York Times best seller Roots : The Saga of an American family. The novel was written based in the 18th century where a young African named Kunta Kinte is captured and sold into slavery in America. It explains his life and his descendants afterwards. I haven’t read the book just yet but I plan on reading it this summer.
What I like about this series is that it’s a much better updated version of old older series. I have to remember that back then things weren’t as harsh as it is now. Sure, the message was the same but this is much better. I get to see what it was like back then and how everything happened. How our ancestors were brought into this country. It’s a reality check and how things went down. I love the actors and actresses portrayal of what it must have been like back then.
This series is an eye opener and I would recommend it for any history class or African American study class to watch to really get a small glimpse of what really happened. I think the problem is with some people is they don’t like the fact the maybe we do have too many shows and movies about slavery. We get upset but I’ve never heard any other culture say hey I’m sick of hearing about this part of out history. Or please let’s not talk about it!
Well, I come to the conclusion that we do need to know our history. We need to know about what happened to our ancestors and how they were treated. We need to learn how to stick together as one. Our people have been through too much for us not to just forget it. We need to remember! Until my next blog.