tHere’s the exciting new PBS show called Find your Roots, where they invite celebrities to find out who their ancestors are. In an upcoming episode featuring actor Edward Norton, presenter Henry Louis Gates Jr. makes a startling revelation about Norton. As it turns out, he comes from a family that owned slaves when those atrocities were legal in the United States. Norton was visibly shaken by the revelation. However, he also provided important reflection on the new information he had just obtained. Norton isn’t the only one, this show made many celebrities’ jaws drop once they found out their ancestors were slave owners.
This is how Edward Norton reacted to the news: “The short answer is, these things are uncomfortable, and you should be uncomfortable with them. Everyone should be uncomfortable with them. It is not a judgment about you and your private life, but a judgment about the history of this country. You should Acknowledge it first of all, and then it has to be dealt with. When you move away from census statistics and personalize things, you are talking, perhaps, of a husband and wife with five girls—and those girls are slaves. Born into slavery. WW When you move away from census statistics And specializing things in, you’re talking about, perhaps, a husband and wife with five girls—and those girls are slaves. I was born into slavery.”
Edward Norton is also associated with the real-life Pocahontas
But that’s not all of the Season 9 episode “Find your Roots.” As it turns out, Edward Norton is a direct descendant of the real-life Pocahontas. She was a famous American historical figure who married John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia. It happened on April 5, 1614. The host of the program assured Edward that Pocahontas and John Rolfe were his twelfth great-grandfather.
Here’s what the show’s host revealed: “John Rolfe and Pocahontas married April 5, 1614. Shakespeare died in 1616. You [Edward Norton] You have a direct paper trail, no doubt about it, a connection to your 12th great-grandmother and great-grandfather John Rolfe and Pocahontas. It makes you realize what a small part you are in the human story.”