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By reading the news surfing the net, watching television, and, following black entertainment figures in the media, it’s easy to think that African-Americans are blindly Democratic Party supporters and that the discourse of claiming their rights as citizens is unrecognizable from current progressivism.
While this may be true to some extent, the media only shows one side of a convenient political spectrum, while marginalizing other views of what it means to be black in America that is less acceptable to the establishment narrative.
Uncle Tom, the documentary produced by prominent African-American conservative Larry Elder, is an example of this. When you look at reviews in Rotten Tomatoes, you realize the marginality of this other vision of what it means to be black in the United States. While the general public has liked the documentary’s arguments and has given mostly positive feedback, the sophisticated “professional” film critics haven’t even bothered to write a review.
The documentary follows the 19th century novel in favor of the abolition of slavery in the United States, Uncle Tom’s Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly. Aside from the title of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom is also used as an insult to disparage those blacks who act against their culture in order to be appreciated by whites.
Today, the term “Uncle Tom” is mostly used to insult African-Americans who deviate from the establishment ideology. Otherwise, the documentary makes exclusive use of black and white tones to highlight the racial division that the elite have imposed on the United States.
African-American Conservatism: a vision marginalized by the Establishment
Political activist Candace Owens in the documentary states that “being black and conservative in America is the greatest crime.” She argues that derogatory and racist comments towards a black person are frowned upon, until they reveal that they do not identify with the politics of identity, nor feel oppressed in the United States.
Different interviewees (academics, political activists, and black entrepreneurs) present a view of the real problems faced by the black population.
The destruction of the suburbs by the Democratic governments, the disintegration of the black family, and a badly approached welfare are some of the many topics the interviewees discuss in the documentary.
The documentary also criticizes the position that many well-known black figures have taken. Artists like Jay-Z or athletes such as Colin Kaepernick, instead of recognizing their success, have preferred to stand as victims in a society that markets self-pity and victimization as any other consumer product.
Uncle Tom also tells facts about history that the establishment narrative has chosen to ignore, such as the fact that the Civil Rights Act passed with majority Republican support, or that after the Civil War there were more black senators in Congress than there are today.
Of course, leaders of African-American Conservatism recognize that racism still exists, but they also believe that racism is not endemic in American society today, and that today’s black generations are more a product of the achievements and failures of the past decades than of the slave system of 150 years ago, or the segregation imposed by the Jim Crow laws some 60 years ago.
African-American conservatism is also critical of the failure of affirmative action, which has left entire communities destroyed, with failed public policies, low-budget segregated schools, and, worst of all, the rise of gangs and a culture that praises crime as a lifestyle.
The analysts featured in the documentary also warn that the Democrats will try to expand their strategy of victimhood among Latinos, which has worked so well among the black population.
For many of the thinkers interviewed, the Democrats are taking advantage of the exodus of thousands of families from Mexico, but also from Central America, to replicate a victim mentality and paint their Republican opponents as the ones responsible for their misfortunes in the United States in order to monopolize the votes of this population, which they condescendingly consider homogeneous and without distinction of nationality.
At the end of the film, there is a very interesting analysis of why Donald Trump managed to capture more black voters than any Republican campaign in history. The answers: his simplicity, his non-condescending communication with which the average citizen identifies, and his respect for a population that the Republican elites took for granted and never showed any interest in regaining as voters.
Uncle Tom is an excellent documentary that shows the strengthening of a new black movement, another way of thinking that does not fit in with the identity politics promoted by the left, and whose members, before being black, see themselves as American citizens and part of the wider human family.