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History Channel To Remake Fraudulent "Roots"

Discussion in 'History Forum' started by Bro. Curtis, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. Bro. Curtis

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    Oct 25, 2001
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    In the wake of successful slavery-themed movies like “12 Years a Slave,” “The Butler” and “Lincoln,” the History Channel just announced plans to remake “Roots,” the landmark 1977 mini-series that drew record ratings. How will they handle the hoax problem?
    “Roots” was based on the late Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning runaway best-seller, which was billed as a factual account (albeit with some fictional embellishments) of his family’s history from Africa through slavery in the South to present times. All this was said to be based on generations of oral history corroborated by painstakingly researched outside documents.
    But as I wrote in these pages back in 2002 (when ABC, which aired the original series, declined to broadcast a 25th anniversary tribute), historians and genealogists now widely agree that “Roots” has been discredited as a historical hoax.
    More than a decade later, most people remain totally unaware of the troubling issues behind “Roots” — or simply don’t want to hear that this still-acclaimed work was essentially a fake.....

  2. thisnumbersdisconnected

    Apr 11, 2013
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    The charge is well made. Black activists have conspired to hide the truth, that Haley lied and did not create an accurate depiction of slavery, the slave trade, or the historical U.S. South. Not that they could be made to appear anything other than despicable, intolerable and criminal. Nonetheless, Haley has been proven to have created a story tailored to his preconceived notions of what he wanted to right, and "damn the inaccuracies, full speed ahead." The fact ABC refused to air a 25th anniversary rebroadcast should have been clue enough that the lies have to stop.