Is it possible to be a “Black Republican.” Uncle Tom, by director Justin Malone, asks this and many other questions by interviewing several outspoken (and controversial) Black, rightwing, media personalities such as Larry Elder, Herman Caine, Jesse Lee Peterson, Candace Owens, and Brandon Tatum.
For years the Black community was seen as having an (unspoken) allegiance with the Democratic party…and arguably, it’s true. And those that dared challenge the Democratic dogma were attacked and labeled “Uncle Toms,” “coons,” and/or “house negroes!”
One example in the film being, Kanye West. Though always problematic since he first hit the charts, he still received much love and respect from the Black community. But the second he donned the red MAGA hat on that infamous TMZ episode, and declared his love of Donald Trump, he became a “traitor to our people!” Why? Because Black people have let themselves become indebted to the Democratic party. The party that was supposed to give us so much. Kanye went from “musical genius” to “coon” in less than a day.
“What Uncle Tom seeks to do is unravel the thought process of the Black conservative.”
Why would any self-respecting Black man or woman ever align themselves with the party of “White Supremacy” and “greedy millionaires?” Why do they go against the grain and put themselves out there for ridicule and hate by their own people? The connecting thread with all the stories is a belief that America rewards those who work hard regardless of skin color. To the Black conservative, there is no “systemic racism” or “White privilege.” Everyone in America is on equal footing.
Taken at face value, the message of the Black conservative sounds nice and idealistic. Every person should make the most of what they’ve been given to get what they eventually want in life in America. We shouldn’t judge people or be judged ourselves by the color of our skin. And I know many Black people before the welfare system was sold to them, when many Blacks owned their own businesses, they voted Republican. So the idea of the Black conservative is nothing strange. But even though Black people did vote Republican before, there was never a question that race mattered. This is a new Republican party. And the new normal for the Republican party is to pretend that racism doesn’t exist and to retcon history. And the way they deliver their message is by spotlighting Black folks in the media who are looking for a payday. Sure enough, most of the media figures in this documentary…particularly three.
"…when many Blacks owned their own businesses, they voted Republican."