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Snoop is right: 'Roots' won't help African-Americans succeed

Snoop is right: 'Roots' won't help African-Americans succeed

My musical tastes do not include rap and hip-hop, but when Snoop Dogg comments on the "Roots" remake, saying he is tired of movies about slavery and would prefer a series "about the success that black folks are having," he is singing my song.

The original "Roots" drew a phenomenal 130 million viewers when it aired on ABC in 1977. The remake, now playing on The History Channel, will probably draw far fewer viewers, just because it is on cable and most are familiar with the storyline. The filmmakers apparently are targeting a younger generation.

While there is no question that slavery has left an indelible mark on the descendants of slaves and the...

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