Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this informative documentary series makes frequent reference to slavery and and other violent historical events and interpersonal relationships. Finding Your Roots is relatively mild, but contains some iffy language ("ass," "piss"; occasional curses bleeped). Kids probably won't be rushing to see it, but folks interested in history or tracing their own family trees will find what is discussed here both exciting and inspiring.
Violent images of slavery and video footage of events like the Selma to Montgomery march are visible. Some historical documents reveal details about violent relationships; others suggest that violent incidents occurred. Some life stories speculate about violent sexual encounters between African-American women and Caucasian men. These discussions are offered in a historical context.
Words like "ass" and "piss" are audible; occasional curses like "s--t" are bleeped.
The series underscores the significance of knowing one's family history, including its relationship to African-American history. It highlights the importance of paying homage to those who made our current lives possible. It also notes that people are not responsible for the acts of their ancestors.
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