Friday, August 12, 2022

Roland Martin Slams Snoop on Calling for ‘Roots’ Boycott (WATCH)

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*Today on NewsOne Now, host and managing editor Roland S. Martin addressed rapper Snoop Dogg’s recent social media post in which he is calling for a boycott of HISTORY Channel’s new miniseries “Roots.” In his post, Snoop Dogg says that he is tired of the brutal American slave narrative being shown on national television.

Martin addressed his comments by saying that Snoop Dogg as well as other African Americans are in full denial of American slavery when in fact they should be proud of their ancestors for being survivors. Martin also suggests that instead of Snoop Dogg doing films that depict the Black community in a negative light, he should be collaborating with successful African American directors to depict more positive images of Black American history.

“Slavery happened and slavery is real. Too many Americans want to deny what took place in this country,” said Martin. “The reality is Black folks are survivors since the first slave touched down in Jamestown in 1619. So when you slam Roots and want to boycott the show, what you’re saying is that we shouldn’t learn these things, when the fact is we should be learning about these things. Why don’t you stop smoking weed and call countless African Americans out there trying to make those films and looking for folks like you to put your money where your mouth is and not on some good weed. We need all stories being told. If more Americans can own up to the history of America, 397 years we have been here, and how brutal slavery was we should be able to see that.”

WATCH Roland address Snoop Dogg’s ‘Roots’ boycott social media rant:


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  1. maybe with all his money, Snoop Dogg (imagine that) doesn’t know the Afrikan proverb, Sankofa, which means to go back into the past to build for the future…not only must we talk about the history of European’s kidnapping, enslavement and pillaging of Afrikans and the Afrikan continent, we must highlight so that WE and they never forget…ain’t that what Jewish people always say…Never Forget…how many Jewish Holocaust movies are there? you won’t ever hear a Jewish person say they are tired of watching movies or hearing about what Hitler did to Jews…the Transtlantic Slave and Middle Passage continue to be the cause of why so many Afrikans in this amerikkka are just working to survive with this boot of oppression on their throats…if more people made this history are part of their everyday lives, talked about, lived it, passed it, we wouldn’t be doing ourselves, each other, our Ancestors and the children not yet born the tremendous and traumatic disservice so many of us are now enduring…shame on Snoop Dogg…I hope his enslaved Ancestors come to him in his sleep to remind him..

  2. Man, you know that the screen writers have already changed the hell out of the intent of Alex Haley’s masterpiece. In the current version, they have a runaway slave murdering a white man. I can not recall anything like that happening in the prior series, at least not this early in
    series. The new slaves were absolute victims, to an extreme degree. This makes a big difference as you think of the impact of this murder scene on the various viewing segments. There were slave revolts, I know, and my own favorite hero of Black American history is Nat Turner and then Denmark Vesey. But I feel that the original portrayal depicted the total helplessness of the new slaves to do any thing about their plight except to make the extreme psychological and social adjustments that became the dynamics of the African’s survival. They were utter vivtims locked in sheer, horrendous brutality at the hands of the slavers and the culture that supported it. The retaliatory violence perpetrated by Kunte lessons the dramatic imagery. But that might be the true intent of this version.

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