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Darryl E. Owens: ‘Roots’ reminds America’s past haunts our present, future perfect union

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“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou. In 1977, before VCRs became ubiquitous, “Roots” seized America by the throat — and never let go. Over eight nights, the trailblazing TV miniseries chronicled the struggle of kidnapped African Kunta Kinte and his descendants with a harrowing realism that rattled like leg irons in your skull. In the 1970s, “black” often prefixed insults young black kids like me…

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