LeVar Burton (Roots Theory)

Levar Burton is an extremely talented brother and will always hold a special place with me for his role as Kunta in Alex Haley’s ROOTS. I wanted to highlight a few of Levar’s roles after ROOTS and the impact the movie had upon his career. Playing a slave is not always the most glamorous of roles and sometimes can have a lasting effect which was clearly evident w/ Levar.

 Reading Rainbow (The Glory)One of his most popular roles as the host of the award-winning Reading Rainbow, teaching little black boys and little black girls how to read. He did amazing in this role which ROOTS obviously helped him with because we all know when he got off the ship he had great difficulty reading and writing. Levar learned secretly to read and write while on Roots but hell would be to pay once Massa found out later in his career.

Star Trek (The Tragedy)After coming off a highly successful stint w/ Reading Rainbow the world was shocked when we discovered his role on Star Trek. I remember like it was the other day seeing my nigga Levar with them fucked up shades on, blinded by Massa! At first I thought it was cool, you know just having a brother on star trek and all but then I realized the everlasting effects ROOTS had on my brother. It was like some cosmic karma b, he was teaching kids to read a few years back now he on star trek BLIND (well not full blind but he had that low res security camera vision like Robocop, looked blocky like he dream of Lego’s) This just goes to show you, don’t think you gonna disobey Massa and live fruitful b, won’t happen.

Just like I remember street fighter soundtrack and all b

Manifest Destiny (Blood by Expansion)


America has always had the belief to expand to the west by any means necessary. America therefore embraced the manifest destiny idea; some so wild even to include the total absorption of all North America. Advocates believe this is good and used “Manifest Destiny” to justify the move and slaughter of indigenous people. The term was first thrown around in the 1840’s to promote the annexation of the Western U.S. What gets me is how Americans moved to a land not of there own, set a flag in the ground and decided it was destiny to push all those off the land by force (if needed) to expand. The slaughter of the Indigenous people is one of the biggest tragedies in American history that is never fully explained in history books or after school specials. I know there are some who will go with the religious side of the doctrine, saying that it is our duty to enlighten the world with Christ and all that, but to me its simply blood by expansion. The slaughter and movement of Native Americans onto reservations reached its height in the late 19th century. The government intended to destroy tribal governments and break up Indian reservations under the progressive Manifest Destiny Doctrine. The pure arrogance of this doctrine was embodied in Albert T. Beveridge when he spoke before the senate.

God has not been preparing the English-speaking and Tectonic peoples for a thousand years for nothing but vain and idle self-admiration. No! He has made us the master organizers of the world to establish system where chaos reigns… He has made us adepts in government that we may administer government among savages and senile peoples. Theodore Roosevelt, John Cabot Lodge, and John Hay, each in turn, endorsed with a strong sense of certainty the view that the Anglo-Saxon [Americans] was destined to rule the world. Such views expressed in the 19th century and in the early 20th century continues to ring true in the minds of many non-Indian property owners. The superiority of the “white race” is the foundation on which the Anti-Indian Movement organizers and right-wing helpers rest their efforts to dismember Indian tribes.”

And for those holier than thou, justify this.