THE NEW ROOTS VS. THE OLD ROOTS: My initial reactions By Andre Austin The 2016 version of Roots I just purchased on DVD a couple of days ago In 1976 the book Roots came out chronicling Alex Haley’s family from Africa to slaves in Tennessee. The movie was a record setting blockbuster, making the world stand still while the episodes came out on television in 1977. The casinos were empty, pimps and hoookers were off the street to watch, hear and listen of African slave story. Even drug addicts paused from their fixes. The movie made me laugh, cry, be sad, and happy and any other type of adjective to describe any emotions. Roots (2016) wasn’t the same. My emotions on the film was a ceaseless six hours of rage and pride of resistance. Roots (1977) was a mixture of submission and endurance and wanting to fight back was toned down. Their rapes were implied while the new Roots the sexual assaults were in your face. One big difference that stood out was an infamous incident that happened @ Fort Pillow, Tennessee of the massacre of 200 plus black Union soldiers who surrendered to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, (with whom the movie Forrest Gump was based. This was our Alamo black folks should never forget because for one General Forrest helped start the KKK after the Civil war was over. So anyway, I scanned the paperback version of Roots to see if Alex Haley mentioned the incident. I was surprised he didn’t because his motif in writing the novel was usage of landmark historical incidents as guide and landmarks and milestones for the reader to follow along a timeline. In chapter 113 p.681-682 Alex jumped from “Mancipation Proclamation dat set us free” to Gen’l Lee done surrendered de whole federacy Army! De South done give up!” without mentioning Fort Pillow and the grand wizard. A couple years ago I wrote an essay on the movie Forrest Gump being typologically linked in part to General Nathan Forrest and his black side kick Preston Roberts unofficial quartermaster to Forrest G & his black big lip (Hamitic cursed) Benjamin Bufford (Bubba) Blue (BBB) as some black comedy parody. The similarities were shocking and it went passed my head that Hollywood got away with it. But that’s another story because Roots (2016) did justice to the black soldiers with the help of actor/musician TI’s help. I recommend you buy this DVD, (in spite of Snoop Doggy), and put it in your personal collection and passed it on for the next generation. Because after all history can’t grow and continue if you ain’t go no Roots (2016).