Photo of Malachi Kirby, the new Kunta Kinte. Credit Blackfilm.
As if Barack Obama’s Presidency wasn’t racially divisive enough, now lefty movie producer Mark M. Wolper plans to rehash the past and open old wounds. Seriously guys, slavery was over how many years ago? Like, 150?
“Roots,” which will air over four nights starting on Memorial Day. It will be simulcast on the History, Lifetime and A&E channels, with a sprawling cast that includes Laurence Fishburne; Forest Whitaker; Anika Noni Rose; Anna Paquin; the rapper T.I.; and the English newcomer Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte, the central character. The revival aims to deliver a visceral punch of the past to a younger demographic, consumed anew by questions of race, inequality and heritage. With a crew of contemporary influencers — Will Packer (“Straight Outta Compton”) is a producer; Questlove oversaw the music — the hope is to recontextualize “Roots” for the Black Lives Matter era, a solemn and exacting feat.
“I’d be lying if I said I had zero trepidation and nervousness,” said LeVar Burton, who began his career, indelibly, as the slave Kunta Kinte, and who serves as a producer on the modern version. “But I do believe that we have a lot to contribute to the very important conversation of race in America, and how it continues to hold us back as a society.” -New York Times
What this translates to is: “Get a bunch of black people together (#blacklivesmatter) who’s livelihoods depend on furthering the victim and grievance industry, then throw this divisiveness in white people’s faces once again whether it causes more hatred or not.”
Dear Black People, everyone already knows about slavery. Don’t you have any other stories to tell about yourselves that holds interest? I guess not.