Roots Hollywood Plagiarism story is a well known fact, or is it….
Peace and Blessings Global Family,
I have to write a quick post as a response to a bit of backlash I just received from someone on YouTube. My feed popped up a 1970s Roots clip where the black male slave had left his copper-colored wife at home alone only to find the white slave master in minutes of taking advantage of her, i.e, rape. After insults the black male slave was forced to fight the slave master and thus take his life. I commented that
“Roots is a lie, but the scene is life… Alpha Males ♡♡♡”
Surprisingly, someone felt offended by my comment saying it was Alex Haley’s family depiction on screen. This was shocking! I thought by now with so many of our so called “African American” family awaking to their true indigenous roots and kinship to the Americas (as well as Africa/for some) that the Roots Hollywood Plagiarism story was a well known fact. Well I guess based on this response it is not.
So here is the evidence.
- The Pulitzer-Prize winning Roots was not written by Alex Haley.
- Roots is not the fictional depiction of Alex Haley’s true family history.
- Root’s, the story was coopted and stolen from a white author named Harold Courlander, an anthropologist, novelist and folklorist.
- Harold Couralander’s book was called, “The African” in 1967.
- Harold Courlander sued Alex Haley in Federal District Court in Manhattan in 1978.
- Courlander claimed Haley plagarised at least 81 passages of his book, The African.
Defendant Haley had access to and substantially copied from The African. Without The African, Roots would have been a very different and less successful novel, and indeed it is doubtful that Mr. Haley could have written Roots without The African. … Mr. Haley copied language, thoughts, attitudes, incidents, situations, plot and character.
– Pre-trial memorandum
The evidence of copying from The African in both the novel and the television dramatization of Rootsis clear and irrefutable. The copying is significant and extensive. … Roots … plainly uses The Africanas a model: as something to be copied at some times, and at other times to be modified, but always it seems, to be consulted. … Roots takes from The African phrases, situations, ideas, aspects of style and plot. Roots finds in The African essential elements for its depiction of such things as a slave’s thoughts of escape, the psychology of an old slave, the habits of mind of the hero, and the whole sense of life on an infamous slave ship. Such things are the life of a novel; and when they appear in Roots, they are the life of someone else’s novel.
– Michael Wood, Columbia University
|Courlander, The African||Haley, Roots|
|To the damp sick foulness in the belly of the ship there came to be added another torture—lice. … They crawled on the face and drank at the corners of the eyes. … If the fingers caught the predator, it was killed between the fingernails.:23||But the lice preferred to bite him on the face, and they would suck at the liquids in the corners of Kunta’s eyes, or the snot draining from his nostrils. He would squirm his body, with his fingers darting and pinching to crush any lice that he might trap between his nails.:226|
Source: Wikipedia, Harold Courlander, retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Courlander
More Plagiarism from Margaret Walker Alexander author of Jubilee
That’s right not only did Haley plagarize Roots from Courlander’s, “The African” he had another law suit from Margaret Walker Alexander a professor at Jackson State College in Mississippi who stated that her novel, “Jubilee” written in 1966 was also stolen by Haley.
Fact – Check EVERYTHING and do Your Own Research Family
Don’t take my word for it or anyone else! When I come up across ‘ignorant’ people on these platforms (of any race) I softly say “beloved” it’s not about you, we’re all learning here. Do your own research.” And then I leave a small quote and ‘basic’ book list.
CITATIONS:: DO YOUR RESEARCH
Blacks in America Quote by Jean Baptiste Durand
The Blacks are a kind of men destined by Nature to inhabit Africa and America; she has created them for burning regions; let us, therefore, take care not to oppose views, or overthrow the barrier which she has established; but let us preserver their races in their natural purity, and not permit the Negroes to inhabit Europe. This mixture of black and white is dangerous to our population, and in time may change, and even destroy it.
~ Remarks on Sierra Leone, page 90, Voyage ou Senegal, Jean Baptiste Leonard Durand
Mini Basic Book List for “black” History Research in the Americas:
Brown University. (2016, October 05). YouTube: Indian Slavery: An Unspoken History. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ8A52AC2LI
Clarke, J. H. (1993). African people in world history. Baltimore, MD: Black Classic Press.
Ember, C. R., Ember, M., & Peregrine, P. N. (2015). Human evolution and culture. Boston: Pearson.
Etowah plates. (2018, June 12). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etowah_plates
Churchward, Albert. The signs and symbols of primordial man. New York: E. P. Dutton & co. Retrieved from 10.5479/sil.212089.39088000141432
Cremo, M. A., & Thompson, R. L. (1993). Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race. Los Angeles: Bhaktivedanta book.
Higgins, G. (1836). Anacalypsis. Stilwell, KS: Digireads.com Publishing.
Imhotep, D. (2012). The First Americans Were Africans: Documented Evidence. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.
Indigenous Peoples Research Foundation. (2018). Serpent Raises it’s Head in Georgia. Retrieved from https://www.precontact.org/serpent-raises-its-head-in-georgia
Little, G. L., Turman, D., & Roe, H. (2009). The illustrated encyclopedia of Native American Indian mounds & earthworks. Memphis, TN: Eagle Wing Books.
Massey, G. (1907). Ancient Egypt. The Light of the World: A work of reclamation and restitution in twelve books. S.l.: Old Book Publishing.
Pope VI A. (n.d.). The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Retrieved from https://www.gilderlehrman.org/content/doctrine-discovery-1493. The Doctrine of Discovery , 1493, A Spotlight on a Primary Source by Pope Alexander VI.
Sertima, I. V. (1998). Early America revisited. New Brunswick: Transaction.
Sertima, I. V. (2003). They came before Columbus: The African presence in ancient America. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks.
They Came Before Columbus – Ivan Van Sertima
Early America Revisited – Ivan Van Sertima
African Presence in Early Asia – Ivan Van Sertima
African Presence in Early Europe – Ivan Van Sertima
African Presence in Early America – Ivan Van Sertima