I’m starting to think that if 2016 is almost coming to an end and you’ve not grabbed your copy of Alex Haley’s, ‘Roots’ or have not watched the four-episode series on History channel, then are you really a Pan-African?
Just completed my second episode with throat-burning tears that wouldn’t fall. I know if I continue watching it, it will get better like an African slave will get freed at last, physically yes, not mentally; the pain is undeniably unbearable but who knows, this life is a strange one. One can say it is the Pain of the Past wrongs. You know there’s a part where someone says that slavery is ‘disgraceful and iniquitous’. I’ve been wondering lately that the problem with Africa is no longer physical slavery for we are now past that and I’m pleased with the progress of abolishment of segregation, but that we are now mentally enslaved by poverty and helplessness. It is a mental dark picture formed in the mind that’s almost too invisible to trace.
Anyway, I was super excited when the main character who calls himself the Mandinka warrior (if that’s the spelling) got married to a beautiful woman who resembled more African-American features than the Mandinka warrior’s Africanness. Yet ironically, she is African? I now understand that it doesn’t matter whether you were born out of Africa or in Africa, your roots are your roots. So finally, the warrior subjected under the vile authority of ‘humanity deciding that a race was inferior and the other superior’. As always, irony is irony when you trace yourself back to natural and inalienable human rights such as Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Another fascinating scene is the friendship between Missy (I think that’s the name), the Caucasian daughter of the Master, and Kizzi, the warrior’s African-American daughter. Theirs is a friendship filled with mild complexity. You find Missy advocating for Kizzi when the latter is discriminated and Missy having rules to Kizzi such as how to dress when around her. But then Missy loves her as illustrated by her outburst that she wanted to buy Kizzi! Now that’s something. I would say that in newer generations, racial divides lessened and despite having a sort of ‘what the!’…that’s still mighty progress.
And if you are wondering where the blog title name was derived from: Kizzi was raped for $600 because she tried to escape. So, George Lea II is her son.
I’ll leave you with these subtle quotes from episode 2:
‘‘Not thinking about freedom makes your life small.’’ – the Mandinka warrior to his wife
‘‘Kizzi means that stay put but not stay a slave.’’ – Mandinka warrior
‘‘You and me are friends for always.’’ – Missy to Kizzi
‘‘Why do you get to decide? – Kizzi
Because I’m white.’’ – Caucasian girl to Kizzi
‘‘Nigger lover.’’ – Caucasian girl to Missy
‘‘Chains on your body but no chains in your mind.’’
‘‘Teach me how to read.’’ – African-American boy to Kizzi
No man should ever deny another man his liberty.