Brandon Tatum, a Black ex-cop who comes off as if he’s this righteous patriot for all Americans. In reality, he only uses his platform to either justify every police killing of unarmed Black folks or to convince White America that he’s “one of the good ones.” Jesse Lee Peterson proudly calls himself a “coon” and “Uncle Tom” on his radio show. He makes provocative statements like “the White man is our savior” and other inflammatory nonsense. He degrades Black folks every chance he gets and revels in the shameful comments he gets from his racist followers.
Then there’s Candace Owens. A special breed of self-hatred and venom who thinks the “facts” she’s spewing are relevant to her arguments but are really just numbers that come from corrupt sources. What do I mean that? Candace loves (with a mad passion) to talk about “Black on Black crime” and Black men in prison. Problem is, if cops are arresting Black folks at a higher rate, it doesn’t mean that Black folks are committing more of the crimes. If cops are letting White folks go with warnings, meanwhile stalking Black people for an arrest, obviously the numbers are going to be higher. But Owens only really cares about her view counts and guest appearances. Also, it is a known fact that as much as she tries to prove racism doesn’t exist, she sued Stamford high school for “racist threats” made against her. She’s a phony, much like Brandon Tatum and Jesse Lee Peterson.
“…is a political landmine for any reviewer.”
There’s no way to give a completely balanced review without personal politics bleeding onto the page. Personally, I consider myself unaffiliated with either party, but before I came to that decision, I was very much a Democrat. And watching this film definitely challenged me in the way I think about Black people who consider themselves Republican. But after a lot of self-reflection and meditation, I realized that the Democratic party is just as problematic to Black people as the Republicans are…so maybe I was the perfect reviewer for this job?
Would I recommend this movie?
I would absolutely recommend all Black folks (and others too, but the rest of y’all can figure that out) watch Uncle Tom. It’s a little misleading in some areas, especially if you know the players involved in this doc, but there are a lot of interesting historical facts about the breakdown of the Black family and how the whole welfare system targeted the Black community. But the biggest takeaway from this film is that we need to wake up to the fact that there is NO party that is completely “for us.” Malcolm X uses a brilliant analogy about “the wolf and the fox” (that should be watched in its entirety) to describe the Republican and Democratic parties.
Being a Black Republican doesn’t necessarily make you a “coon” or a “house negro,” and it’s ok to think differently and not follow the herd. But when you use your platform to constantly and relentlessly put down other Black people, you deserve that title!
"…when many Blacks owned their own businesses, they voted Republican."