History to Remake Iconic ‘Roots’ Miniseries

Nellie Andreeva, Deadline, November 5, 2013

History is taking on one of most celebrated TV programs of all time, blockbuster 1977 miniseries RootsThe cable network is planning a new eight-hour Roots miniseries after acquiring rights to the 12-hour original from Mark Wolper, son of Roots executive producer, the late David L. Wolper, and to the book the mini was based on, Roots: The Saga Of An American Family, from the estate of author Alex Haley. Mark Wolper is on board as executive producer. The network is about to start discussions with writers for the project, which will draw both on the book and the original mini from a contemporary perspective. “We would like to revive that cultural icon for a new audience,” said History EVP and GM Dirk Hoogstra. {snip}

The timing couldn’t be better—the topic of slavery is very much on people’s minds through a string of popular movies including last year’s Django Unchained, this year’s Oscar hopeful 12 Years A Slave, and with Lee Daniels’ The Butler also touching on the subject. Add to that the success of other recent historical films like Lincoln. “History in general is in the zeitgeist, which is great for us being a network whose name is History,” Hoogstra said. {snip}

Roots became a cultural phenomenon when it premiered on ABC in January 1977, airing over eight consecutive nights. An unlikely hit with a largely black cast and a slavery theme, it broke ratings records, with the conclusion drawing 100 million viewers, almost half of the entire country. The mini also is credited with helping improve race relationships and establish David Wolper’s miniseries style of blending fact and fiction in a soap opera package. The mini earned a record 36 Emmy nominations, winning nine including best limited series; supporting actor for Ed Asner; and music, shared by Quincy Jones. Thirty six years on, Roots has shown remarkable longevity, consistently drawing solid ratings for its reruns. Last December, BET’s 35th anniversary airing draw 4.1 million viewers for the opening two parts.

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  • DLRisVH

    Let’s hope this time they tell the truth about slavery, how they were captured and sold by their own people!

    • Wethepeople

      I personal hope they highlight the large part many tribe members had in the process. Seeing their faces as their gated walls are torn down by their pets…ahh how sweet it’d be.

      • gemjunior

        “Seeing their faces as their gated walls are torn down by their pets…ahh how sweet it’d be.”
        Yes, I agree that it would be a very satisfying sight to see. They really, really deserve that stamping boot — the one they planned for us — on their faces. Their very surprised faces.

    • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

      Excerpt from “Ending the Blame Game,” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., professor of African-American Studies at Harvard University:

      “How did slaves make it to these coastal forts [where they were sold to white slave-traders]? The historians John Thornton and Linda Heywood of Boston University estimate that 90 percent of those shipped to the New World were enslaved by Africans and then sold to European traders. The sad truth is that without complex business partnerships between African elites and European traders and commercial agents, the slave trade to the New World would have been impossible, at least on the scale it occurred.” (New York Times, April 23, 2010)

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Yeah…lol.

      “Hey darkies…we have these guns, this distilled liquor, all these fancy clothes and manufactured implements. So, um…what you fellas got? Cash crops? Mined metals? Um…harvested lumber? No?”

      “Well…we gots all deez niggas! Take as many as you wants, Whitey! We don’t needs ’em. Gibsmedat gun an booze an’ I’ll gets ya all da niggas you can ship out!”

      Oh well. Hindsight 20/20…

      • The Final Solution

        It’s true – they were the only resources they had.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          It really is. Sounds like a mean spirited put-down but it’s the TRUTH. They produced NOTHING the Europeans wanted other than plenty of themselves. I don’t know. Seems like some kind of cash crop, digging metal out of the ground, chopping down rare trees would have been possible for even a moderately gifted folk, but…

          As Engleman pointed out below, their women would produce children to sell them off to their own leaders for slavery, sex, and/or food. Work ’em, eff ’em, eat ’em. Pretty efficient use of near useless human capital if you ax me…

          During the colonial wars “units” of Congolese natives were known to clean up the battlefields by eating the dead. The sub-Saharan African is the epitome of natural stasis existence. Left to his own devices he sweats out his nasty, short, and brutal r-style life, dies in droves when Malthusian mechanics kick in, reproduces prodigiously when times be good, and pauses only to histrionically wail when some beloved perishes before returning to brutality and living for the day.

          • The Final Solution

            LOL that may be the finest description of African life I’ve ever read. Not unlike the brutally short existence of most insects. It fits the textbook definition of parasite actually. Cannibal Holocaust, like a praying mantis eating its mate. You have to imagine what the first Europeans who landed on African soil were thinking when they first experienced the African menace. They must have been astounded to say the least. The author of Guns Germs and Steel says there were no animals in Africa to domesticate but I disagree the Europeans had no trouble finding them.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            I just can’t wait until “the scientists” figger out precisely what that up to 30% or more of archaic human DNA is floating around in their gene pool comes from. Sure isn’t neanderthal…nor denisovan…

            (Stay tuned…sooner or later they will find some good Homo Erectus DNA and perhaps some homo heidelbergensis and all will fall into place nicely…)

            I’m sure you have perused Hinton Helper’s “Of the Negroes in Negroland”. If not it’s a free download and worth a read. The one thing that kept slapping me in the face as I skimmed it was how little they have REALLY changed.

    • JohnEngelman

      Kunta Kinte’s tribe was heavily involved in the slave trade.

      The original series and the book portrayed blacks in Africa as enjoying an idyllic existence in harmony with nature. The reality included high rates of violent death and rape from inter tribal warfare. Those who were captured were sometimes eaten, or given as human sacrifices.

      Come to think of it, things haven’t changed much.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        OJ was in that “idyllic existence” part if I remember. Hee hee and ha ha…

      • Andy

        I was reading that book this summer and going nuts. Couldn’t he be bothered to fact-check? The things I knew were made-up made it so I didn’t feel like I could trust any of the details he put in there.

        • gemjunior

          Don’t forget that Alex Haley plagiarized (a special penchant of the Black Race) the whole story “Roots” from a white man’s publication called “The African”.

    • Is not a pimp, a modern day slave owner?
      The aptitude seems to be inherent.

    • Erasmus

      Who will play Kunta Kinte? If past is any indicator of present performance, Hollywood will tap either Morgan Freeman or Denzel Washington.

  • Andy

    I hope they’ll make it clear that it’s fiction this time.

  • GOD

    The problem isn’t the remaking of the series. The problem is how many White people will choose to actually watch it. THAT’S the real problem.

    • Luca

      No, the real problem is how many impressionable, non-thinking, young people will believe it.

      • Wethepeople

        They won’t even get a chance at not believing it. They’ll be forced to watch it all in our governments marxist indoctrination camps (sorry I meant ‘schools’) .

        • David Ashton

          Leaflets: Why are They Lying to You?

          Start a youth rebellion against the Cultural Marxist regime.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    1. Not going to watch it.

    2. As long as no blacks are included in the series, “Vikings”, the darkies can have their fictionalized version of history.

    They once ruled Egypt, you know? Right before Egyptian civilization collapsed, but who’s counting, eh?

    • Katherine McChesney

      ‘They once ruled Egypt, you know?”

      Yeah, right. And they build the pyramids.

      Sure. *sarc*

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Actually a dynasty of what we would likely consider “black” did rule Egypt for a while…

        Then came the Assyrians…then the Persians…then the Greeks…then the Romans…finally the Arabs.

        Yes, the last classic Egyptian dynasty was blackish… How glorious!

        • Erasmus

          In other words right before Egypt’s downfall, or was it that the Egyptians had declined so much that they were then ruled by blacks?

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Will have to look into it. They had a good run of it for a long time.

      • Africans didn’t really did build the pyramids, but they did build the “School to Prison” pipeline.

        • Erasmus

          What about the pyramid-to-prison pipeline?

          • Kenner

            LOL!!

        • Katherine McChesney

          Perhaps the truth is that they had a pyramid scheme.

      • M.

        What, haven’t you heard black people say, “We beez egypchunz n sheit!”?

    • Erasmus

      How about a story about the tens of thousands of innocent victims killed every year in the country’s negrolocaust?

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Yeah, no kidding. White girl bleed a lot.

    • gemjunior

      Well, there aren’t any in the series “Vikings” but there is one in the second “Thor” movie. I never saw either movie but I did see the commercial of a black boonie named Idris Elba. Someone white in Hollywood should speak out about hypocrisy. Imagine a token white in the movie “Shaka Zulu” jumping around with the rest of them, spearchucking? No self-respecting negro would allow it, no self-respecting white man would be IN it. It’s historically untrue and inaccurate, ridiculous, and someone should say so. Kick him off the traditionally Norse set of characters, if he thinks it’s racist insist he wear whiteface, blue contact lenses and dye his few wisps of head-bush blond. For God’s sake it is just pure stupidity.

      • sbuffalonative

        The entire continent of Africa for thousands of years and they don’t appear to have developed any heroic mythology like whites and Asians did. It goes to show their lack of imagination. So they have to co-opt ours.

        Have blacks created anything that didn’t start out from being influenced by white culture? Music? Dress? Sports?

        • Tim_in_Indiana

          The entire continent of Africa for thousands of years and they don’t appear to have developed any heroic mythology like whites and Asians did.

          Since they had no written language of any kind, it made it rather difficult for them to have any kind of culture either.

      • Johnny Squire

        Great analogy. I laughed out loud thinking how Monty Python might have treated that Shaka Zulu scenario: British soldiers becoming confused as they catch glimpses of a white man in the howling and writhing black horde while they manically fire their rifles.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Oh yeah. Really ruined that movie for me.

        Heimdal was not a troll.

        Oh, and the Captain Marvel one with the mixed race WW2 units. Stupidity, ignorance, or willful propagandistic lies?

        Yes, yes, and most definitely YES.

      • T’oma

        yeah, I would like to see Paul Ruebens (Pee Wee Herman) as Shaka!

  • Sensitivity Training

    Slavery reminds us that blacks never seem to feel homesick for Africa, just like they never seem to emancipate themselves from dependence of everything created by White privilege.

  • Spartacus

    Are there gonna be aliens in it ?

    • So CAL Snowman

      ancient aliens to be sure

      • Spartacus

        Younger ones are a bore…

  • Puggg

    Don’t worry, it’ll be another lame reboot.

  • D.B. Cooper

    It is YOUR duty to spread the word that ROOTs is a hoax. I pass along that information all of the time and see wide eyed responses. The average person does NOT know this fact.

    I remember when ABC turned down “Roots: Celebrating 25 Years,” co-produced by Wolper and Judy Leonard, NBC stepped in and bought the special.
    It was a ratings flop.
    Because it was a flop, the story was quickly buried.

  • Jefferson

    I hope the remake of Roots ends up being a big ratings flop.

  • David Ashton

    How about a series on Slavery, instead of one confined to black slaves in the USA?
    More facts, more countries, more victims, more suffering – and it still goes on.

    • Wethepeople

      My anglo people were slaves of the romans. Instead of just working on the farm, being held in reasonably nice houses with women and children MY people were held in pits. We were forced to fighy our brothers, animals and well trained soldiers just to do. We had no company, except for the men we would be forced to kill a week later. That pales in comparison to the horrors eastern europeans suffered at the hands of the turks.

      • David Ashton

        Sulphur mines…a living Hell.
        Education in slavery other than the usual should emphasise the atrocity – but also the responsibility of races other than white people for slavery and including their white victims. And don’t forget the worst of the communist slave camps.

      • gemjunior

        “That pales in comparison to the horrors eastern europeans suffered at the hands of the Turks.”
        I don’t think that battle-hardened gladiator was really having a worse time than some starving preteen eastern European girl getting raped over and over by some cruel, sadistic man 5 times her size. I don’t think it helps us to compare and contrast who had it worse – slaves of the Romans or slaves of the Turks.
        Slavery is an inhuman practice no matter who is giving their life for someone else’s pleasure. The saddest thing is that it may have been the only thing that blacks were ever good at.

        • Wethepeople

          Just for the record, that is what I was saying. The mines and gladiatorial combat pale in comparison to imprisonment by non-whites. if I used the expression wrong I do apologize.

          Also you are right, slavery is abhorrant. Without it we may have avoided much of our current bantu problem.

          • gemjunior

            I see what you mean, I just read my post and I see what you mean. That would be a good addendum to the new “production” of Roots. To have a video at the end explaining what America would have been like without these paragons of virtue we reverently call “African-Americans”. Imagine. All those men never killed in a Civil War that never was. A few less maids and cotton pickers, but a much brighter future. A small “historical” addendum to the production might serve as a reminder to everyone, especially blacks that it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows for us either having them around. Yes, as they catalogue their sorrows (for the zillionth time) about SLAYY-Vreehh, perhaps they might spare a thought for those of us who’ve been putting up with their descendents?

        • David Ashton

          Who is behind the Nigerian space program? Just curious.

          • gemjunior

            Ha ha ha – “Nigerian Space Program”

          • David Ashton

            Five satellites in orbit already, so we’re told.

            Professor Seidu Mohammed, Dr Spencer Onuh…all at work on the next stage, with the blessing of Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

          • David Ashton

            Why does my reply to this appear and disappear and reappear on this thread, Moderator?

            Why are other comments denied replies ,because you say they are “deleted”, still left there, Moderator?

  • GOD

    …and starring as the main character….. **drum roll please**

    Obama!!!!!!

    • Erasmus

      Moochelle can play Kizzy.

      (I saw Roots years ago when I was a student in high school.)

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Part of the indoctrination. Did you hate yourself after? That was the point.

        • Erasmus

          Not in the least. I’ve never owned a slave, nor did any of my ancestors for as far back as I know.

          We did have a good joke that came out afterward: What does Kunta Kinte mean? Leroy.

    • Katherine McChesney

      When I saw it the joke between me and my White friends was referring to it as “Ruts”.

  • Daniel Schmuhl

    How about a documentary on Arab slavery.

    • Pro_Whitey

      One way the Arabs were smarter than we, they tended to castrate their male slaves.

      • David Ashton

        A sheer slice, apparently, not just the testicles.

  • Re-writing fairy tales in search of ratings ….. next up “Looney Toons”.

  • Luca

    I am sure this will make “Django” seem as a tame as a movie about Quakers. The White Hollywood Liberals will be lining up for starring roles as evil, sadistic slave catchers, traders and plantation owners and will probably work for minimum wage.

    I’m calling my Vegas bookie, I’ve got a sure bet for the Oscars this year.

    • David Ashton

      Will the slave owners have English accents? Thanks, Yanks.

    • Xerxes22

      They will have to work for minimum wage. It’s being made by the History channel. So it is going to be a very low budjet production, cheap sets and cheap actors. They will just borrow the actors and sets from one of crappy SciFi channel movies.

  • MekongDelta69

    Oh gee, oh gosh – I’ve been waiting with baited breath for 36 years for a remake of this nonsense.

    Because the original simply just wasn’t bad and ridiculous enough.

    (Somebody let me know when this will be on, b/c I plan to be as far away from the TV as humanly possible.)

  • libertarian1234

    “Movies and TV must always remind us of slavery.”

    How else would blacks be able to make excuses for their inabilities to compete in a first world society if they didn’t have something to blame besides low intelligence and an inability to apply the necessary discipline to learn a trade?

    • ncpride

      I firmly believe the reason there have been so many movies of this type lately is because ‘they’ smell something in the air, and the ‘stench’ (to ‘them’) is the aroma of a slowly simmering pot of racial awareness, and awakening from Whites, and we are angry. They are trying desperately to influence a new generation of Whites, because kids these days don’t buy the White guilt they are peddling, when everything around them contradicts every lie they push.

      • gemjunior

        I notice a lot of these movies lately too, and there is a definite something in the air like that simmering anger you mention. I don’t know if it’s attributable to the kids of this generation though or if it is just whites of all ages who are keen and not easily fooled or eager to believe their little fables any longer. We know who is making all these anti-white movies, headlines, school texts, etc. with the goal of making white people seem evil. Blacks don’t have the technical capability, don’t have the coordination, and wouldn’t have ever had the brains to hatch such a plan.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Yeah…gotta keep beating us down and reminding us of how evil we be. Doesn’t matter. We ARE awakening and they rightfully fear that.

        The last thing the substandards want is a meritocracy. The only way to avoid such is to turn Whites into the new Jews.

      • robinbishop34

        I copied the following snippet from a movie review for “The Help” that came out a couple years ago that speaks to your theory. I believe it was written by Steve Salier but I can’t be certain…

        “It seems the cultural Marxists never tire of fanning the dying embers
        of the “Civil Rights” movement because it can always be relied upon to
        burst into flame, warming the hearts of a credulous American public.
        Whenever the Left encounters massive public skepticism regarding the
        benefits of whatever the leftist cause du jour may be, they can always
        depend on striking a sympathetic chord with mainstream conservatives and liberals alike by dusting off yet another reminiscence about the bad
        old days of segregation.

        Unpleasant memories like the Bolshevik Revolution, Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, the Vendee, and the gulags fade into nothingness when those evergreen images of police dogs and fire hoses flicker on the screen. The civil rights movement is the radical egalitarian movement too good to be forsaken. Its memory must be kept front and center, and on life support forever.”

        • Katherine McChesney

          Several whites have suggested I read or see “The Help”. I tell them I don’t enjoy reading or viewing the lies of anti-White material. I go farther by telling them that black on White assaults, murders and rapes are escalating in America. I am finding that more Whites in my building are aware of black behavior and their racism against Whites.

          • robinbishop34

            I found the review on Occidentalobserver, it’s very good and worth a read…

            tinyurl[dot]com/lvjfdp8

  • Lewis33

    When I was in eight grade (12-13) my Catholic school had a overnight “lock-in” where we stayed all night watching the original…needless to say things did not go as planned. We all laughed at inappropriate times and basically considered it a joke of a movie. For weeks after teachers had to listen to us asking each other “Whats your name boy?” followed by falling on the ground laughing. Total backfire.

    • saxonsun

      Funny and excellent.

  • The Final Solution

    Who will play Kunte Kente? Will Smith or Forest Whitaker?

    • Katherine McChesney

      It will probably be a young, unknown black actor. They’ll try to turn him into a box-office hero.

      Remember that LeVar Burton had a less than stellar career after he played Kunta Kinte.

  • sbuffalonative

    The mini also is credited with helping improve race relationships and establish David Wolper’s miniseries style of blending fact and fiction in a soap opera package.

    I have no idea how it helped improve race relations but it sure did blur the line between fact and fiction and we’re still dealing with the black soap opera every day.

  • I’m guessing in this remake, the blacks cast will look nobler. more attractive and lighter(Whiter) than their predecessors.
    While the Whites cast will look more inbred and just physically weird looking.

    Strangely watching Roots back in the day, was probably one of those first moments that I started to realize that we’re racially different in a hierarchal sense and in some ways was one of first seeds of my race realism being sown.
    We only had like 3 television channels but then, so I doubt that it will have the same effect today, unless another White liberal parent forces their young white son to watch in the same vein.

    Another mini series that had a similar effect on my young mind around the same time(1982) was “Blood and Honor”, I’m no national socialist, but seeing the Germanic strength of will being emphasized with in the story, I found quite inspirational.

    • Pax Romana

      “We only had like 3 television channels back then, so I doubt that it
      will have the same effect today, unless another White liberal parent
      forces their young White son to watch in the same vein.”

      Along with ‘Twelve Years a Slave’, rest assured this ‘white guilt/black
      anger’ propaganda will be required watching along with a “Study Guide”
      in every Public School in the country,…for years to come….until they make another one…

  • dd121

    Roots was pure anti-white propaganda.

  • shmo123

    If memory serves, wasn’t Alex Haley accused of plagiarism with Roots? Didn’t he also settle out of court by one of the authors who accused him of it?

    • robinbishop34

      Yes, Martin Luther King (real name Michael) was also a confirmed plagiarist.

  • Johnny Squire

    Only if he goes “Full Retard”.

  • Pax Romana

    Programs such as ‘Roots’, written by a plagiarist, have been used as a vehicle to selectively manipulate history to obtain certain social ends. To perpetuate and feed a Victim culture, and keep the ‘White Guilt Gravy Train’ rolling down the tracks. They are often designed to not only enlighten, but to strike at the emotions of the observer. Guilt in whites, anger and rage in blacks.

    Their depictions of slave history is often very selective to depict the worst rather than a balanced and fair view of slavery here in the United States.

    The reality is, despite the fact black slavery here in the United States was cruel in that it was forced labor and deprived a person of their freedom, it was not the worst form of slavery in history. And though it is not Politically Correct to say so, most black slaves under whites in America were more often better treated than many poor whites,
    indentured servants and white slaves. And certainly often better treated than under the slavery of other races in other parts of the world.

    Quote: ” Wherever multiculturalism goes, it brings Victimism with it. Victimism is an integral part of the multi-culti ideological package, and its practitioners, whom we may call Victimists, have two principal concerns: They invent fake stories and images that are
    intended to bring sympathy, admiration, glory and political advantage to groups of people who have been officially designated as Victims by the multi-culti establishment; and they strive to disseminate their fake stories and images in the guise of “history.”

    …>

    Among the racial groups represented in the population of the United States, two have not merely been certified as Victims but have also been selected for especially lavish treatment by the Victimists. These groups — Amerindians and American blacks — figure prominently in the multi-culti version of “American history,” where they are sanitized and glorified beyond recognition, and are depicted as the hapless prey of evil white men.

    Sanitization is an indispensable part of this endeavor, because certified Victims must always be depicted as innocent, righteous paragons of humanity. The sanitization process consists largely of hiding or denying any facts which show that the Victims had victims of their own, whom they slaughtered, displaced, subjugated, enslaved or exploited.”-William J. Bennetta

  • Defiant White

    Just hope they don’t mess up my favorite scene:
    Wass yo name boy?:
    My name is Kunta-Kin
    WHACK! WHACK! WHACK!
    No, no massa . . . my name is Toby massa. My name is Toby.

  • Garrett Brown

    The History channel??? I thought it was owned and run by a conservative?

  • I would start it in the wake of the battle of Culloden in 1747.

  • I can think of very few good TV miniseries: “Shogun” and “Band of Brothers” are more to my taste. “Masada” was OK, but they got the Roman soldiers’ armor wrong; they wore chainmail tunics or Loricum Segmentati. I loved the old BBC “Poldark” series. Angharad Rees (Demelsa) has sadly died of cancer. A beautiful woman.

    A mini-series about the Spanish Armada, and events leading up to it, including Francis Drake’s raid, would be wonderful. One about the Battle of Jutland might work, Tsushima as well, but the producers would have to take pains to avoid letting things become boring in the early episodes. With the Armada, Drake’s raid would spice things up right away.

    • gemjunior

      I remember all those movies and series. They always had wonderful productions of White European historical fiction – I remember the Poldark series as well. My dad had that boxed video set, he had the I, Claudius video set, and I don’t know if you remember The Forsythe Saga. And he had Upstairs Downstairs and Far From the Madding Crowd. Too bad they are all on tapes, and all kind of grainy by now. They told stories of white people over centuries so in a way we learned – I definitely did when a thirteen-year-old city kid wouldn’t have otherwise been interested in Roman times and how they lived. Too bad the PBS channel that showed all that is now fully negrofied and libbed-out.

      • Harry

        I think the series VIKINGS, on the History Channel, and BOARDWALK EMPIRE on HBO are very good, even if these series do contain historical inaccuracies.

        Since GAME OF THRONES take place in an adult fantasy realm, and not in the actual Medieval Europe it is patterned after, there is no risk of historical inaccuracies. For example, in one episode, the men at the Night’s Watch were peeling potatoes for dinner. Potatoes originate from the South American Andes Mountains, not Ireland, and where unknown in Europe before Columbus.

      • Katherine McChesney

        I am a member of Netflix and Acorn TV and I chose to watch all White British programming. So far I’ve found a number of series with nary a black person in them. If Netflix ‘suggests’ films with blacks in them I automatically give them one star for “Hated it”.

  • David Ashton

    Why not Othello a Norwegian, and Iago a Zulu? Shylock a Chinaman, and Portia a pygmy? The Merry Wives of Windsor Brazilian & Thai ladyboys? Macbeth a Sikh (OK with the SNP)? Hamlet a Mexican bandit? Henry V Part I a Native American Chief, Henry V Part II a Japanese Geisha? Julius Caesar an Eskimo?

  • David Ashton

    What happens if it “detracts” from The Holocaust?

  • evilsandmich

    Slavery and Holocaust shows would be on 24×7 given the druthers of some groups. The only problem is that they’ve beat those drums so loudly, and for so long, that no one cares any more.

  • Erasmus

    If not each other, what else did blacks have to sell? Their sophisticated technology? Their fine textiles? Access to their universities and other centers of higher learning?

  • saxonsun

    I just saw the film “Flight” with Denzel Washington as an airline pilot–stupid, yes. Almost every scene contained black males–you could see it was deliberate. And the lead character was sleeping with the whitest of white women, red-haired, fair-skinned and freckled. And she was portrayed as simply adoring her black lover. Sickening.

  • knuckledragger

    …will there be increased accuracy regarding the original sale of Africans BY Africans to primarily jewish trading companies? ….nah.

  • Harry

    There are two topics about American slavery, Hollywood is probably never going to make a movie or a TV mini-series about.

    First topic, all throughout the time when there was slavery in America, free blacks themselves owned slaves. Free black slave owners exploited their slaves just like any white slave owner. But it is doubtful Hollywood will ever make a movie or a TV mini-series in which the “massa” himself is a free black man. Only an art film movie maker would ever be courageous enough to do that. And even then such a movie would only be released in art house theaters like in the Ritz theaters, where I live in Philly.

    Second topic. In the 17th and 18th Centuries in Colonial America, it was not just Africans who suffered the misfortune of being kidnapped and sold into slavery across the Atlantic Ocean.

    Many of the so-called white “indentured servants” did not get that way because they signed a contract out of economic necessity. They tragically became such slaves because impressment gangs kidnapped them onto ships from Great Britain and elsewhere in Europe, and them had them sold in the American colonies.

    Although, white indentured servants were supposedly only to be slaves for a limited time under a contract, they lived under such cruel, horrendous conditions, that they either died or did not completely survive in one piece at the end of their indenture.

    Likewise, it is also doubtful that Hollywood will ever make a movie or a TV mini-series about white people who were kidnapped by impressment gangs for “indentured servant” slavery in America. Only an art filmmaker would ever have the courage to make such a film. And of course, it would only play in art house movie theaters, like the ones I mention above. If the filmmaker of such a movie or TV mini-series was white, he or she would be wrongfully accused of being a racist. If the filmmaker of such a movie or TV mini-series was black, he or she would be persecuted by other blacks and called an “uncle Tom”.

  • Isn’t everybody that wasn’t born with a trust fund?

  • Katherine McChesney

    It’s already been established that it was a work of fiction and that Alex Haley had plagiarized a significant portion of it from a White authored book called “The African”.

  • David Ashton

    Unlike the black reviewers q.v. who reacted to his essay!

  • Fr. John+

    What nationality is Wolper? This picture says it all. http://www.davidlwolper (dot)com/about/Theodore_H_White.cfm
    And one need not wonder why we must suffer through this white-bashing, all over again.