The series can be seen on YouTube.
What is it like being a Black in America? As most black people would agree, it's a barrage of daily racism and microaggression targeted against them as a community and the prevalence of such a culture throughout the country. Those who live this experience every day know exactly how much effort it takes to keep combating such attitudes and still keep working hard for even bare survival.
The Star Trek and Roots star, LeVar Burton has decided to tell it through his own story in a 6-part YouTube series 'This Is My Story.' He talked about his upcoming series in a series of tweets explaining what prompted him to develop this idea.
He tweeted: "I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the state of race relations in America. One thing I learned from the success of ROOTS (if you don’t know, you better ask somebody) 42 years ago, was the power of storytelling as a way to bridge the gap between races."
"There was an America before ROOTS and there was an America after ROOTS and post ROOTS, America was a greater, more enlightened nation. We came to a better, deeper, more informed understanding of the evil nature, intent and outcomes of chattel slavery as practiced in America."
"As a result, I fervently believe in the power of Storytelling to move the culture forward. To that end, some friends and I have created a few videos, 6 in all, that chronicle some of the racist experiences most Black people who live in America, have in common."
"Spoiler Alert: Unless you have walked the walk of the African American experience in this country, it is difficult — not impossible — but difficult, to know what that journey is on the daily. Trust me when I say, being Black in America is not for the weak of heart."
"The first installment of, This Is My Story, is an incident from my own life. The others are real life experiences of some of my friends, told by me. Like ROOTS did so long ago, my intention in sharing these stories is to provide anecdotal context for being Black in America."
The first installment of, This Is My Story, is an incident from my own life. The others are real life experiences of some of my friends, told by me. Like ROOTS did so long ago, my intention in sharing these stories is to provide anecdotal context for being Black in America.— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) January 2, 2020