Man allegedly forced woman to watch ‘Roots’ so she could ‘better understand her racism’

Man allegedly forced woman to watch ‘Roots’ so she could ‘better understand her racism’
Robert Noye, 52, is accused of threatening a woman and forcing her to watch the miniseries "Roots." (Source: Linn County Sheriff’s Office/KCRG)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - An Iowa man is facing charges after a criminal complaint shows he threatened and forced a woman to watch the miniseries “Roots” so she could “better understand her racism.”

Robert Noye, 52, is charged with first-degree harassment and false imprisonment.

According to charging documents, the woman told police that when she tried to move, Noye threatened her to stay seated or he would “kill her and spread her body parts across I-380 on the way to Chicago.”

Jail records show Noye is in the custody of the Department of Correctional Services.

"Roots" is a historical miniseries about slavery in the U.S., based on Alex Haley's 1976 novel of the same name.

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