Trevor Noye, a black American man has been arrested in eastern Iowa, United States of America, for kidnapping a white woman, and forcing her to watch a nine-hour documentary on slavery.
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The suspect said he made the woman see the movie, “Roots”, to enable her understand racism.
According to DailyMail, police in Cedar Rapids, Eastern Iowa, detained the 52-year-old on Monday, on charges of first-degree harassment and false imprisonment.
The woman, whose identity was not revealed, was allegedly forced to sit with Noye and threatened, when she tried to move from watching the 1977 TV mini-series.
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He forced her to watch the show, which detailed the ancestral line of the author, Alex Haley, “so she could better understand her racism”, a police complaint said.
Noye threatened to “kill her and spread her body parts across Interstate 380 on the way to Chicago”, when she tried to move away, according to the Gazette.
Roots, which first aired on American television, and followed the struggles of one African American family, told over several generations.
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The story starts with Kunte Kinte, an African warrior, sold into slavery.
It remains the third most-watched US telecast of all time, after the final episode saw around 100 million viewers tune in.
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The book and subsequent mini-series were seminal in opening the discussion about the legacy of slavery and race in America.
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