Iowa man accused of kidnapping woman, forcing her to watch ‘Roots’ for racism lessons

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Booking photo of Robert Noye courtesy of Linn County Sheriff’s Office

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (The Gazette) — Court records say an Iowa man made a woman watch the miniseries “Roots” and told her it would make her better understand her racism.

Robert Noye is charged in Cedar Rapids with harassment and false imprisonment. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.

“Roots” is a miniseries based on author Alex Haley’s family history, starting with the capture and enslavement of his ancestor Kunta Kinte in Africa.

The woman reported that when she tried to move, Noye told her to remain seated or he would “kill her and spread her body parts across Interstate 380 on the way to Chicago.”

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