'Uncle Tom" — Score: 4 Stars = (**** of ****)
Within hours of making his "If you don’t vote for me, you ain’t black" comment on a syndicated urban radio program in May, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivered a half-hearted mea culpa stating he felt he was perhaps being "cavalier" but got nowhere near to an apology.
Prior to the 2016 election, then president Barack Obama told voters that if they didn’t turn out to vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, "I will consider it a personal insult; an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election."
Of the two statements, Obama’s is barely the less insulting and/or condescending and while it didn’t include a direct mention of black voters, the message was still the same. Both men more than insinuated that if you are a black American and don’t vote for the Democratic Party you will be dishonoring your race.
If a Republican candidate had delivered these same sorts of admonishments towards white voters, deafening, indignant and raging cries of racism would echo throughout the land, followed by widespread upheaval.
We’re living in a country where double standards are now the norm, not the exception and sadly, none of it is at all surprising — or the least bit shocking.
In the new documentary "Uncle Tom," director Justin Malone and his co-writers/producers Ryder Ansell and Larry Elder profile roughly a dozen high and low-visibility black American conservatives who describe what it's like to not only be a minority within a minority, but to also be under relentless ridicule for not automatically towing a multi-generational political line.
While many viewers will immediately recognize Elder, Col. Allen West (a former congressman), former presidential hopeful Herman Cain, and activist Candace Owens from their regular appearances on conservative cable news networks, it's the statements of nearly a dozen mostly unknown citizens which provide the greatest impact.
Assorted clergy, small business owners, elected local leaders, artists, and esteemed members of academia all provide keen insight while recalling their own life experiences and encounters with other blacks who have chastised and belittled them for refusing to subscribe to liberal "groupthink."
At just over 105 minutes, "Uncle Tom" feels only half as long but contains enough raw data, facts, figures, and eye-opening revelations to fill an HBO mini-series stretching five or six hours.
Unlike far too many political documentaries which rely on emotional outrage, hyperbole and adroit spin, "Uncle Tom" simply presents actual historical events and provides information the far left would rather keep buried.
Although constantly riveting for the duration, "Uncle Tom" achieves a galloping pace at the 30-minute mark while covering the history of black Americans after the end of the Civil War up and including to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The infusion of black conservatives in Congress was never higher, nor was the percentage (95) of black Americans growing up in households where children lived with biological parents who rarely divorced.
At the turn of the 20th century, an extended philosophical debate took place between presidential advisor and educator Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois.
Among many other accomplishments, Washington was the architect of the landmark 1895 "Atlanta Compromise" which promoted guaranteed education and equal treatment under the law. Initially, DuBois was a big fan of the agreement but voiced strong opposition to it not long after proclaiming himself a socialist and co-founding the NAACP in 1909.
The film also points out that it was the Democratic Party which largely opposed the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution (all of which provided more rights to blacks), founded the Ku Klux Klan and enacted the Jim Crow laws lasting nearly a century (1870-1965).
As recently as 1964, the Democratic Party — then led by Al Gore, Sr. — fought President Lyndon Johnson’s desire to pass the Civil Rights Act, a bill that only survived with the help of a handful of Republicans, led by Sen. Everett Dirksen.
Although "Uncle Tom" is certainly geared towards black audiences, it will certainly work as an eye-opening, cold shower primer for younger (under 40 or so) whites whose understanding of blacks in America has been filtered through American public school systems intent on presenting alternate versions of history.
If for no other reason, whites should see the film to get the full story regarding Planned Parenthood, its prominence in black communities and the straight dope of its founder, Margaret Sanger whose subsciptions in Eugenics closely resemble those of Adolf Hitler regarding white Aryan supremacy.
It's worth noting that as of June 30 (11 days after its release); there is exactly one review for "Uncle Tom" on the left-controlled film critic’s web site rottentomatoes.com.
Pretending this movie doesn’t exist is almost the same thing as telling black Americans they "aren’t black" because they choose not to vote for Democrats.
"Uncle Tom" is now available on-demand on uncletom.com. (Malone Pictures)
Originally from Washington, D.C., Michael Clark has written for over 30 local and national media outlets, is currently the only newspaper-based film critic providing original content in the Atlanta Top 10 media marketplace and co-founded the Atlanta Film Critics Circle in 2017. Over the last 25 years, Mr. Clark has written over 4,000 movie reviews and film related articles and is one of the scant few conservative-minded U.S. film critics. Read Michael Clark's Reports — More Here.
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