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Growing up, Roots was one of the few American series we watched as a family as we came from Chinese ed background. I was very young, lower elementary grade? , We were all glued to the TV and very moved. And my little brain had a hard time understanding and digesting it. And I would ponder at night. Why are the Blacks/slaves being mistreated? Can't their employers just tell them nicely what needs to be done? Was it naive thinking? Am I still being naive today, at age 40?
Not everyone has the need to search out their ancestry roots but for those who so desire, it is definitely nice to have the resources made available to them. I, for one, would like to take my kids to visit the places (both China and Europe) where their (great, great) great grandparents were born and raised.
"I am of German ancestry and in the last 10 years we have researched our family all the way back to the little town where my great-granÂdfather emmigratedÂ. And we met all of our cousins still living right there. I have more German relations than American ones and we visit there as often as we can.
This was truly one of the most wonderful things that ever happened to me. I've seen the farm where my family lived for 400 years and our family name on barns built 200 years ago. Knowing exactly where I come from has made a huge difference in the way I see things.
And it makes a huge difference in understandÂing how great was the crime of slavery that cut people off from their ancestry."
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