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Uncle Tom

By Dante James | June 23, 2020

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.

Uncle Tom (2020)

Directed: Justin Malone

Written: Ryder Ansell, Larry Elder

Starring: Larry Elder, Herman Caine, Candace Owens, Brandon Tatum, Jesse Lee Peterson, etc.

Movie score: 7/10

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"…when many Blacks owned their own businesses, they voted Republican."

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  1. Mel Workman says:

    Your quote: “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!” Wow! I do not personally know any of the personalities in this video but they certain do not put down other black people in this video. Your review is about this video. Did anyone lie in this video? Did they misstate the facts? Did they come across as compassionate and humble? Yes. Every contributor came across as sincere. It reminds me of the old adage – if you can’t defeat the argument, destroy the messenger. This is what I see liberal Democrats doing all the time. They never address the substance, just attempt to destroy the person. Think about all the racist comments/gaffs from Joe Biden over the last 6 months – to black audiences no less. “Are you a junkie?” “You aint black if you don’t vote Democrat.” “The latino’s they come from all around the world and have a great diversity of thought.” Come on! Wake up!

  2. debbiesym says:

    You’re wrong about the statistics that Candace uses. To believe that black-on-black crime is not a serious problem in the black community, you have to argue that all those black homicides and shootings must have been committed by whites or by white cops or someone else. Maybe the stats are made-up? Tell that to the mothers and fathers of blacks who were killed in places like Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, and other cities with large black populations. The numbers are real. Even if it’s true that blacks are stopped more by cops — or arrested more — it still doesn’t meant that black-on-black violence is nonexistent or insignificant. It’s real.

  3. Tim says:

    You sound a little bit defensive and overly negative as if protecting some turf there fella.

  4. Reed Nokleby says:

    Kind of weak, Dante. This doesn’t have to be so threatening. It doesn’t make sense that Candice, Brandon and etc are so passionate and yet so clueless. Humble yourself and be open to making a real difference. Integrity is expected when one has a platform like yours.

  5. allen alexander says:

    Allow me to add perspective to this discussion about so-called uncle tom thing. First, there is a history of what i will call ‘uncle tomism’. There is the ‘uncle tomism’ before the civil rights movement and integration of American society and a new kind of uncle tomism after the civil rights struggles and entrance of black Americans into proper mainstream society. Please don’t get hung up on democratic party and republic party. There is a bigger picture here. The birth of the uncle tomism was during slavery. It was a mindset forged by the brutal, bizarre, and immoral nature of slavery itself. Survival of black individuals and to whatever extent was possible the black family depended on a acquiescence and willingness to placate the whims of slave masters and white people in general. There very being was subject to the whims of white people. A minority of white americans could not abide enslavement of human being and fought and abolish slavery and supported as well as comforted former slaves in the horrible aftermath of emancipation. They deserve statues in place of the confederate monuments we see today. But i digress. After the civil war the general black population was still practicing uncle tomism for the survival of the families. This was understandable. The majority of white americans were deeply disdainful of the former slaves and continued to subject black people to humiliating conditions in education, employment etc. Many in the south became indentured servants. Black people remained in the cellar of society if you will until the birth of the civil rights movement and integration into mainstream society. Although more white americans began to accept black people many more grudgingly, and half-heartedly gave into the inevitable. Even more took flight, ‘white flight’ that is. This group of white people make up a large part of trump base today. So, black americans have only entered mainstream society proper in the last 40 or so years. Those engage in uncle tomism today have aligned themselves with the white racist narrative that can be summed up as ‘they just don’t know what’s good for them’, ‘al sharptons’ has them wrap around his finger’, and ‘they want someone to take care of them’, and it goes on. The ‘free thinking’ uncle toms today just mimic the false white narratives of generalizing the black experience in negative terms. The black thinking and the decisions they make to survive are not monolithic and every living being on this planet instinctively knows what they need to do to survive. Uncle tom ‘free thinking’ is to tell someone else how to think. Which is what the past white power establishment demanded of black people.

  6. allen alexander says:

    The uncle toms prior to the civil rights movement and going back to the aftermath of emancipation are not of the same mindset as the so-called uncle toms post civil rights and integration to present day. Uncle toms of the past adopted a mindset that would keep them and their family alive and to the extent white society allowed, prosperous. Their whole idea was to not upset white power establishment. Although a minority of the white population did not abide hostility towards people, the majority were raised to be virulently disdainful of black people in general. So, many black people had to play the uncle role at times to placate or solicit favor
    from whites were spiteful of black generally. Black people had to swallow whatever self pride they possessed and go along to get along. Post civil rights and integration gave black people a greater sense of self-worth and opportunity to fight for the constitutional rights allowed to all citizens. Great success was achieved in opening up mainstream society to black Americans.
    I don’t agree with the narrative promulgated by so-called black uncle toms of today. Their idea of free thinking perfectly aligns with
    the old white narrative about black people going back into the 19th century. It boils down to ‘they don’t know what’s good for them’ and can’t think for themselves because they are forever in a state of dependency. In some twisted way logic is turned on its’ head. Black people in mass just started entering the middle class, upper middle class and beyond in the last I would say 40 years. Slowly but surely break the yolk of dependency the came from lack of education, societal mobility etc. Black people have gone through a lot of sacrifice, pride swallowing, finally being able to look into a white persons’ eyes with flinching and bowing of the head, gaining self-respect in the face of disrespect. I have hope for the future of the black communities everywhere. Unlike todays uncle toms i will not generalize about black people as a whole. White racists have always portrayed black people as easily manipulated, and monolithic in thought and action. And todays’ uncle toms seem to agree.

  7. Sequan says:

    What you and others are missing about Candace Owens’ “putting down black men,” etc. is that she’s not doing it to degrade black men. She’s doing it to confront the narrative that our problems are not self-created. Her message is like the friend who constantly tells you it’s your own fault that you can’t keep a man because you pick the wrong men. All you want to hear is that it’s not your fault and than all men are bad. Do you get the difference? I really want people to get this because it will help you understand that black conservatives like Candace make these statements out of love for black people, not hate. You can’t change a problem until you acknowledge it. The black community can’t make changes until we acknowledge that our problems are our own doing. Candace is the annoying friend who tells you the truth about yourself. Democrats are the “friend” who commiserates with you and joins you in blaming the men. This is why Democrats come off like wolves in sheep’s clothing because by pandering to us and placating us, they’re actually hurting us. Another analogy is the parent who coddles her child versus the one who is strict. Democrats are the coddlers and Republicans are the strict ones. Everyone knows coddled children become lazy, complacent, and entitled. Go figure.

    • Robert Brown says:

      Great analogy!

    • Jade Stone says:

      I agree with you regarding Candace. People don’t want to hear the truth; that they’re apart of the problem and in return for that truth, they despise the truth teller. One should always appreciate the truth teller, at least you know where you stand…

  8. Rich W says:

    Racism has no deniability, it is either you tolerate it, blame it or challenge it. The reaction you give depends on your social status. Rich black folks arguing amongst each other about systemic racism is like Denzel and Will Smith arguing about racism in Hollywood. I hope the movie is not looking at systematic racism from the perspective of rich lawyered up black people.

  9. Lar says:

    I first started reading your article on this movie, which I am looking forward to watching, because I thought it was an honest, unbiased opinion since, so far, I’ve heard nothing but good things about. Turns out that the writer of this article is just another hoax leftist who support the Hollywood-elite agenda that defames any non-leftist views. It’s a shame that he can’t even see the very hypocrisy of your his own writing and how he is basically calling major black conservatives “Tom’s” himself. In either case, maybe he should do an interview with the “phony” Candace Owens.

  10. bill Bladykas says:

    I learned more about black history in this documentary then I did in school. I love the line people know more about Lebron and Jayz then Thomas Sowell and Walter willams. Very informative!

  11. Dough says:

    I’ve followed Larry Elder’s work, and have been introduced to the stellar reasoning of Thomas Sowell, for years. The loudest voices demanding a conversation about race seem to have not one among them willing to present the case for the who, what, when, where, why, and how of systemic racism. The upshot is that when a Thomas Sowell presents a tightly reasoned argument, with specific examples showing how most complaints of discrimination don’t simply boil down to a one word cause, racism, the opposing side shouts Uncle Tom! and moves on to their newest grievance. I have no sympathy for those who demand a conversation take place, and essentially have a one word answer for every opposing view, no matter how well thought out. What a waste of time. This film deserves to be widely viewed, so that maybe, just maybe, the romance of oppression, which replays every four year election cycle, can be revealed for the con job that it is.

    • PAUL HUGHES says:

      Rightly said, the only problem with democrats and most people of color is that they will automatically say before seeing this movie, “Its time to listen to the other side. Not peddle out more videos justifying your point of view and ignoring 400 years of social injustice for the Black man and woman”

      I debate this a few times a week and I’m laughed at and called racist and that my thought process is “comical”.

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