A 52-year-old Iowa man reportedly kidnapped woman and forced her to watch 1977 slavery mini-series Roots to help her understand racism.
The Cedar Rapids Police Department in Iowa arrested 52-year-old Robert Noye, an African American, on charges that include false imprisonment and first-degree harassment.
He was arrested for forcing a woman to sit with him at a local residence to watch the mini-series so the woman could understand racism in a better way.
When the woman, whose identity was not shared with the public, tried to leave, the 52-year-old told her to remain seated and watch the entire movie with him.
He also threatened to kill the woman and spread her body parts across Interstate 380 on the way to Chicago.
Roots, the movie that they watched, is a celebrated mini-series that was created about Alex Haley’s, an author, family line.
The movie was filmed in 1977.
The story of the movie follows one African American family through multiple generations, which starts in the Gambia and West Africa, in the year the 1750s.
The final generation featured in the mini-series shows the family line in post-Civil War America.
After the movie was released, it earned 37 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations and won 9.
The series also won a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award.
It is still unclear if the 52-year-old forced the unnamed woman to watch the entire 9-hour series when he kidnapped her.
52-year-old Robert Noye is currently in the custody of the police.