Henry Ford is to have once remarked that color options available to Model T customers could be “any color he wants so long as it is black.” The same could be said of the state of American politics, where the color of a person’s skin not only signals their political beliefs, but can restrict them to those beliefs as well. For many black Americans, this limitation is one they can’t seem to escape from…or they’re not allowed to escape from.
Joining us on this this special episode is writer/director Justin Malone, here to talk about his blockbuster new documentary, Uncle Tom: An Oral History of the American Black Conservative, an exploration of the cultural challenges and psychological abuse facing black Americans who often find themselves denigrated and insulted, their very identities as “black” questioned and easily dismissed.
It’s a compelling mix of archival footage and exclusive interviews with notable black Americans, including (the late) Herman Cain, Lt. Col. Allen West, Candace Owens, Chad O. Jackson, Jesse Lee Peterson, Carol M. Swain, Brandon Tatum and many others. Malone (also co-writer with Ryder Ansell and executive-producer Larry Elder) talks with co-hosts Herman Exum and Nathan Evans about creating an audio and visual missive by and for black Americans who all too often find their concerns excluded from conversations about race in America.
The guys talk about what it’s like to “discover” black visionaries like Thomas Sowell and Walter E. Williams, the importance of alternative media, deleted scenes worth watching, the magic of Larry Elder’s missing mustache, Booker T. Washington’s exclusion from the public conversation on race, President Trump’s appeal to the black community, how the selection of “African American” Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate was both expected yet still crass, how Obama’s election changed everything and nothing, the Kanye Question, how slain rapper Tupac Shakur was more revolutionary than you thought, and much more.
Less a conservative documentary and more a documentary about conservatives, Uncle Tom: An Oral History of the American Black Conservative is now available online.
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