A series hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. where he helps well-known African Americans trace their ancestry, as well as their genetics back to Africa.
I just re-watched this series and gathered some things from this viewing that i hadn’t the first time i watched it. what i really appreciate about this series is how it is a lesson in African American history - in that it speaks and informs about different situations and experiences of African Americans throughout American history - and that it also connects these experiences with people; we aren’t just learning about facts whereby one can easily feel disconnected…you’re learning about the racism that murdered family members, that broke up families, that forced grandparents and great-grandparents to migrate hundreds of miles from their hometowns.
not too long ago, a facebook friend of mine shared an experience she had in which she was in a room, for some academic/work event, wherein there were a number of international students along with 3-4 African Americans. one of their “break the ice” exercises entailed them sharing where their names came from. she said that when she and the other African Americans shared where/how they acquired their last names, there was shock and confusion and she realized that many had not learned the extent to which slavery had effected African Americans. i think this series is definitely a must-see for those who don’t know all the ugly details about our past (and how it effects our present).
‘You don’t know where you are, do you? You’re in the prison of your own sins.’
Peter Abernathy and Dr. Robert Ford, Westworld, ep. 1 ‘The Original’
“By my/Most/Mechanical and dirty hand”– Shakespeare, Henry IV (5.5, 33-35)
“I shall have such revenges on you both/That all the world shall–I will do such things–/What they are yet I know not, but they shall be/The terrors of the earth” – Shakespeare, King Lear (2.4, 276-279)
Here Abernathy combines two quotes: one spoken by Pistol in “Henry IV” and the other spoken by Lear.
The mechanical hand reference seems to obviously refer to the fact that Abernathy realises he is a machine. The next line, spoken by Lear after he is betrayed by his daughters, is evidence that Abernathy is done playing his part as a moving target for the guests of Westworld. (X)