When the first ROOTS series was broadcast 39 years ago nothing like it had ever been on USA television. The average person in this sick nation has never thought much about the brutal facts of the slavery which the nation was built upon.

Kunta Kinte Now and Then V2This 2016 version of ROOTS has achieved something akin to its older version: The Humanization of Black People.

Sanitized American History has allowed this country to gloss over its barbaric heritage. The legacy of chattel slavery wrecked the souls of all who touched it, directly and indirectly. We are what we did and we are what we do.

We Are One Nation, Brutal to its Core, Born in Pain and Greed, Unrepentant Still.

There is no fractional freedom. Greed still is the lifeblood of this nation and living in its leadership and its common people. This chosen sin is its chosen curse which will continue to poison us and shout out the word “LIES” to drown out its glorious platitudes about its own “goodness”.

As said by Celie in the movie THE COLOR PURPLE: “Until you do right by me, everything you even think about gonna fail!

USA, you still refuse to be just and fair to your own people. You have cursed yourself by killing the true Americans and enslaving anyone who is not a wealthy White Male.

Stephen Maddox Sr.

I am a former teacher, marketing representative, labor negotiator and small business owner. As a black man born and raised in New York City I learned how to survive in the "neighborhood" and in business. Hearing about and witnessing the trials, tribulations, hopes and fears of my extended family and the people in their lives helped mold my life. Helping others with their own life journeys is my goal.

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