Roto-Rootering Snoop’s “Roots” Rant!
By Khalil Amani
Nothing unclogs a toilet like the Roto-Rooter man! He’ll take that snake and stick it down your toilet and start turning & cranking that handle until he has a breakthrough! Voila’! Somebody don’ flushed a Kotex down the toilet and backed up the whole system!
You can call me the Roto-Rooter man, because I’m about to go all upside Snoop Lyin’s Lion’s head and unclog his goofy and poorly thought-out rant on why he doesn’t like that “Roots” movie— or any slavery movies.
(Bob Marley ain't cosignin' Snoop's rant! You can smoke all the ganja, wear dread locks and rock Rasta colors, but Snoop is just one more mentally dead Negro masquerading as conscious.)
In 1977 I was a 17-year old kid when the original “Roots” mini-series came on TV. We were glued to the tube every night—awed, astounded, mad, vexed and sad that white people had treated our Ancestors in this inhumane fashion. The result was us kids going to school on some, “I wish a cracka would” type ish. Indeed, some white boys got the brakes beat off them that week—in the name of our African Ancestors!
Why? Our school books taught us a watered-down milquetoast version of slavery, which historians have euphemistically called, “That Peculiar Institution.” We kids of the ’70’s had not been given the proper education on how to handled such historical realities like slavery. We acted out of ignorance and wanted to recompense our Ancestors.
“Roots” opened our eyes! “Roots” awakened many of us! “Roots” was the origins of my militancy and the flashpoint of me being on some black-militant-Hebrew-Israelite-fuck-this-white-devil-in-America rhetoric. Before “Roots,” you could nary find a black child with an “ethnic” sounding name. Black folk carried Eurocentric, caucasian/white names like my siblings and I—Lee, Larry and my birth name, Lloyd. Ugh! "Roots" educated us on how Kunta Kinte became Toby... and Black America listened and the next generation of black babies carried names like “Keisha,” “Ebony,” “Quanesha,” “Kissy,” “Muhammad,” “Hassan,”—what ignorant Negroes today have come to call “ghetto names.”
Furthermore, “Roots” taught us young black people that Christianity is not the religion of our fore-parents, but rather the religion that was forced upon us. Indeed, the African was more familiar with Allah and Islam than any blond, blue-eyed caucasian son of God phenom named Jesus Christ. To the African captive (slave), Jesus was no more than a ship in the beginning. Commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I and commandeered by Sir John Hawkins in 1562, the “Jesus of Lubeck” carried captives to the New World. (Malcolm X called this ship, “The Good Ship Jesus.”) The old Negro spiritual, “Steal Away To Jesus” was about getting back on a slave ship (called Jesus of Lubeck) and going back to Africa!
This is the kinda study that “Roots” inspired in me. “Roots" didn’t give me a comprehensive knowledge of the African continent, but rather peaked my curiosity to dig deeper for my roots. “Soul Plane” never did that! Snoop is peeved about a remake of “Roots,” (a ’70’s movie) even though he starred in a remake of another ’70’s remake—“Car Wash” (and it was far from being as good as the original version!)
"Roots" inspired my yearning for African learning!
Dare I say that the African exhibited Hebraic traits, which links him back to the ancient Jews (something that the study of African culture would uncover after watching “Roots” and awakening. See “Hebrewism of West Africa,” by Joseph Williams.) Watching “Roots” as a 17-year old kid put me on the path to later becoming a Black Studies major in college and reading the great works of Chancellor Williams’s, “Destruction of black Civilization,” Blassinggame’s, “The Slave Community,” Cheikh Anta Diop’s, “The African Origin of Civilization,” etc. Yes indeed! 1977’s “Roots” was a turning point in my life! “Roots” was our Great Awakening! To speak ill of showing the horrors & atrocities of American slavery in “Roots” was unthinkable—unfathomable back then!
But look at us now!
Let Snoop Dogg tell it, he (and I presume some Americans) are tired of seeing slavery movies. He doesn’t wanna see another “Mandingo,” “12 Years A Slave,” “Django,” “Amistad,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Drum,” “Glory,” “Gone With The Wind,” “The Legend of Nigger Charley,” etcetera, etcetera.
Ahhhh! Poor Snoop Lyin’ Lion! He needs his thought processes unclogged—too much reefer, I suppose.
Here’s what Snoop said:
Don’t you hate it when ill-informed famous people have opinions on subjects they are ill-equipped to speak on? This Negro, Snoop, had the nerve, the audacity, the unmitigated gall to say, “…the abuse that we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago. But, guess what? We taking the same abuse.” Tha fuck? Nothing we as black people deal with today compares to what our Ancestors had to endure! There is no comparison! You can cite—from Rodney King to Sandra Bland to Trayvon Martin to Eric Garner, etc.—As bad as these black deaths were, we can at least protest and try to bring the perpetrators before a court of law where we practice civil jurisprudence. Nothing! Nothing! I mean nothing black folk go through today compares to what our Ancestors went through! The nerve of a multimillion dollar rapper to fix his lips and compare plights! Fuck outta here Snoop! The Ancestors must be jubilant as fuck just knowing that 151 years up from physical slavery, a man of African descent is the most powerful man on the planet! They could never fathom a Barack Obama!
Can Charlamange please give Snoop Donkey-Of-The-Day? Off the rip, slavery wasn’t “hundreds and hundreds of years ago” as Snoop says—like in Jesus’s day or some shit! Physical slavery ended in 1865—a mere 151 years ago. Hell, some of us have grandparents/great grandparents living today who were the children of slaves! Snoop goes on to say, “The only success we've had is ‘Roots’ and ’12 Years a Slave’ and shit like dat.”
Talk about disregarding the cinematic efforts of black people! Fuck Spike Lee’s, Lee Daniel’s, John Singleton’s, Tyler Perry’s, Antoine Faqua's, F. Gary Gray’s, Denzel Washington’s, Ice Cube’s, Robert Townsend’s, Mario Van Peeble’s, Melvin Van Peeble’s, Malcolm Lee’s, Bill Duke’s, Prince’s, Forest Whitaker’s, Reginald Hudlin's, Keenan Ivory Wayan’s, Kevin Hook’s, Will Smith’s, Morgan Freeman’s, Gordon Park’s, Don Cheadle’s, Allen Hughes, Ossie Davis’s, Sidney Poitier’s, Ernest Dickerson’s, Tim Story’s, Julie Dash’s, and the many, many, many, many other black film makers! Making SLAVE MOVIES is not what defines or drives black movie makers! Snoop’s smoking that Loud and it’s fucking his brain cells up!
Snoop wants all you “real niggas” to boycott the remake of “Roots” ‘cause he’s tired of seeing “that shit” (slave movies). Well, I’ll never get tired of slave movies anymore than Snoop will never get tired of gangster rap music! (Like really, how many gangsta hood tales do we really need to hear?) I want Hollywood to cram as many “slave movies” down America’s throat as possible! Why? Because an estimated 10 to 100 million Africans were enslaved and/or murdered in the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Snoop Dogg is tired of watching their stories? Did you hear me? 10-100 million African captives! Each one of them has a story worth watching! How disrespectful can this rapper be? He’s tired! Negro please! He doesn’t know what tired is! One fucking thing I can guarantee Snoop is that the Ancestors aren’t tired of seeing their stories told! Weez jus’ some ignant cusses and Snoop Dogg just cooned himself out talking all this recklessness—straight Uncle Tom Chicken George style. Somebody call Roto-Rooter 'cause Snoop on dat fuckery! (And I still say Doggystyle is Top 5 greatest rap albums ever!)
Khalil Amani is gay hip-hop's "Straight Advocate." He writes for Allhiphop.com, DJ Kay Slay’s Originators & Straight Stuntin Magazines. He’s been featured in L.A. Times, Spin Magazine, DaveyD.com, The Biography Channel. Author of six books, including the groundbreaking “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” (iuniverse.com ’07). Follow on IG @khalil_amani, Facebook, Twitter @khalilamani.