Memorial Day was memorable this year for more reasons than one. The History Channel released its remake of the classic TV Series “Roots” on the day the country recognizes and remembers those who gave their lives for this country. With Memorial Day having its origins derived from slaves, the channel released the first episode to its 4-night, eight hour series, and viewers from all over joined the conversation on social media.
There were many who opted out of watching, like popular rapper Snoop Dogg who expressed his reasoning for not tuning into the series. Complex magazine quotes him saying, “12 Years a Slave, Roots, Underground… I can’t watch none of that sh*t,” he says. “They’re going to just keep beating that sh*t in our heads how they did us, huh? I don’t understand America. They just want to keep showing the abuse we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago. But guess what? We’re taking the same abuse. Think about that part.“
For those who did watch, they seemed to grasp the important pieces, some even called gems, from the series and shared them on Twitter. Here’s a take from some of those viewers.
European slave traders forcibly brought approximately 12.5 million slaves from Africa to the Americas. #ROOTS
— Roots on HISTORY (@RootsSeries) May 31, 2016
“Your name is your spirit. Your name is your shield.” Really significant, given the way “Kunta Kinte” has been wielded as an insult. #Roots
— Olivia A. Cole (@RantingOwl) May 31, 2016
— Anetris (@StilettoRoyalty) May 31, 2016
If this is tough to watch — and my God, it is — imagine how much tougher it was to live through, and stay alive. #ROOTS
— Joshua DuBois (@joshuadubois) May 31, 2016
— Northern Gothic (@jananamirah) May 31, 2016
Were you able to catch the show’s premiere episode in between BBQs and the basketball game? Leave your comments below and tell us your thoughts. Also, don’t forget to tune into episode 3 tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
Written By: Melody Lanei