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Friday, July 15, 2005

Alex Haley's immaculate roots

Posted: July 1, 20051:00 a.m. EasternEditor's note: The following commentary is excerpted from Jack Cashill's eye-opening new book, "Hoodwinked: How Intellectual Hucksters Have Hijacked American Culture," where he shows how, over the last century, "progressive" writers and producers have been using falsehood and fraud as their primary weapons in their attack on America. © 2005 Alex Haley's "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," first published in 1976, generated extraordinary reviews and spectacular sales, here and abroad. The mini-series based on the book captured more viewers than any series before it. And Haley won a special Pulitzer Prize for telling the true story of a black family from its origins in Africa through seven generations to the present day in America. The only problem is that the book was a fraud from beginning to end, Working backward through the book, Haley decides to trace his family's heritage to its African roots. All that he has to guide him are the tales his grandmother and great aunts have told him about "the farthest-back person" they could recall, "the African." According to his relatives, the African's master had called him "Toby" after he first arrived by ship in "Naplis." Proud and defiant, Toby continued to call himself "Kin-tay." In time, Toby had a little girl named "Kizzy." Kizzy remembered that her father used to call a guitar a "Ko" and a nearby river the "Kamby Bolongo." Working from little more than this and the names of Kizzy's descendants, Haley finds his way back to the Gambia River, or "Kamby Bolongo." Here he learns firsthand from an old-time "griot," the true story of his own ancestor, Kunta Kinte. For full story click on the title


  • At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In the full version of the article, the following appears:

    For a century, "progressive" writers and filmmakers - multiculturalists like Churchill and Alex Haley, sexual revolutionaries like Kinsey and Margaret Mead, quasi-Marxists like Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore, and radical naturalists like Paul Ehrlich and Rachel Carson - have been using falsehood and fraud as primary weapons in their assault on traditional American culture."

    Why would an African American website feature such material, when we know that "*traditional* American culture" refers to white hegemony and the exclusion of the accomplishments & contributions of People of Color (African-/Asian- & Latino-Americans and Indigenous Peoples)to both the US and the world?!

    "Traditional Amerikkkan cultural history" is indeed the whitewashed, perverted version of history.

    So what if Haley did makeup some of it?! It's certainly not on the scale of the lies told by white amerikkka, which are pervasive in our public schools and university systems.

    John Lindsay


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